You can't win without pitching. Can't do it. Whatever level you are talking about, little league, high school, college, minor leagues, big leagues, you cannot seriously contend if your pitching it woeful. Except perhaps T-ball since they don't have pitchers.
Anyway, you can win with a lousy line up. If a team can't hit but they have pitching they can contend. Just scratch out a few runs and you have a shot.
The Giants are a team that has pitching. Great pitching. The defending champs though can't hit for beans and that is what may be their downfall in the NL West.
Nobody is asked the Giants to hit as they did in the days of Mays, McCovey, Hart and Bonds. But nobody thought it was alright to hit like my old guy's baseball team either.
The Giants are hitting .239 as a team, worst in the National League. Their pitching is second in the NL, with a team ERA of 3.13, just behind the Phillies (3.09). But the Phillies can hit and that is why they are dominating this season. The Giants pitchers should sue the hitters for lack of support.
Aubrey Huff, who is hitting a whopping .244 leads the team in RBI's with 54. By comparison the Yankees have 5 guys with more than 54 RBI's.
Carlos Beltran, the big pickup from the Mets at the trade deadline has 1 homer and 3 RBI's in 15 games and 57 at-bats. Not the impact they were looking for.
Unless they figure out how to score some runs, the Giants won't have a chance to defend their World Series title. Not to mention closer Brian Wilson has an ailing elbow. Things aren't looking so good in San Fran these days.