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The Giants hope they've upgraded their offense enough to be a playoff contender in the NL West. San Francisco was in the wild-card chase well into September last season but ultimately missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year.
"Our goal is to win the division. It's not going to be easy to win 88 games. We have to catch two clubs," Sabean said recently. "I think it's improved but it still has to translate on the field, and the players are responsible for that. And we have more depth. We're getting closer to feeling we're all that much stronger than last year."
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