First of all, I give: Melky's okay. Well, he's obviously a lot better than okay so far this year, but he's enough better that I'm ready to say I was wrong about him.
What I said after the trade
was that it all depended on whether he could play CF. After all, he's
coming off a 339 OBP/470 SLG year that looked like a bit of a fluke, and
even if it was for real that's just barely okay as a LF. It's only 200
more PAs, but I'd say the evidence is a lot stronger that 2010 was a
genuine improvement, not a fluke, even if he does come crashing back
down. And of course it's not unusual for a player to show real
improvement at age 26 (last year), although it will be shocking if his
true level is anywhere close to what he's been doing so far this year.
still the question of whether a ~120 OPS+ guy is doing anything for you
in LF. But since right now he's been much better than that, and since
it's not as if there's anyone better that he's pushed to the bench or
off the team...
Second point: this now makes three years in a row in which a fairly good Giants team has been chasing what appears to be a complete fluke team. In 2010 a 92 win Giants team spent the year chasing a 90 win Padre team...the Pads win totals over the last five years are 63, 75, 90, 71, and they'll be lucky to reach 71 this season. Then it was the Diamondbacks, who spiked to 94 wins after years of 70 and 65 and are back to pumpkin this year. So now it's the Dodgers turn. They're not quite as much of a fluke, since they were basically a .500 team the last two years, and of course there's no way of knowing what they'll look like going into the future...still, it sure looks like a fluke year to me. For what it's worth, Clay Davenport's adjusted standings says that they've been lucky, but I think overall they also just have a lot of guys over their heads. I mean, it's not as if the Giants don't have Melky, Gregor, and Pagan all overachieving, but still...I'm not really making any predictions here, just saying that it's weird that this appears as if it will be the third straight season structured the same way.