- 2. Giants at first base: Cactus League slugger Travis Ishikawa was a mirage, managing only six extra-base hits once the real games began. San Francisco first basemen were last with a .640 OPS (25 percent below average at the position) and a .335 slugging percentage with two home runs. Isn't this supposed to be the easiest position to find offense?
Solution: The Giants may have to use left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to get Jorge Cantu or Nick Johnson, or possibly trade for Miguel Tejada or a discounted Garrett Atkins to play third base, with hackmeister Pablo Sandoval set at first.
One, is even the projected Ishikawa good enough to play? His .274/.337/.432 line with the big club tracks with his presumed abilities, and those numbers really aren't good enough for an every-day first baseman, even one with Ishikawa's (reportedly) excellent glovework.
Two -- and here's the bigger question by far -- in which sense might the Giants be considered "contenders"? They're so far behind the Dodgers that the division title is more than a long shot. And while the Giants' 30-27 record puts them in the wild-card hunt, the same could be said of another half-dozen clubs.
That doesn't mean you don't try to get better. But you can't trade away for your future to boost your wild-card odds from 8-to-1 (and that's being overly kind) to 7.5-to-1 or something.