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Lowell Cohn: Do Giants have the answers? (w/video)

  • Pablo Sandoval's commitment will be a key to the Giants' season. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

The Giants have taken an interesting approach to the 2014 season. The team collapsed in 2013 finishing with a bleak 76-86 record. According to conventional wisdom, the Giants should have remade their team and brought in young blood. But for the most part, the Giants are recirculating old blood. They brought back most of last season's players with a few key additions. Obviously this is a team with lots of questions. We limit ourselves to five.

Do the Giants have enough hitting, especially in the power department?

General manager Brian Sabean acquired one significant hitter in the offseason. One. That would be Michael Morse who hit with massive power in 2011 when he slammed 31 home runs for the Nationals. But his power production has declined since then and he's coming off wrist surgery. And that means he's no sure thing.

The Giants are depending on Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro to get things going in the one and two spots of the batting order. It's just that Pagan missed much of last season with a torn hamstring that required surgery. He turns 33 this season. Scutaro is 38 and will need many days off. Pagan and Scutaro are a risky proposition to set the table, as they say.

Obviously, Buster Posey will hit. And Hunter Pence (27 homers and 99 RBIs last season) will hit. And Pablo Sandoval probably will hit. Probably. The Giants need Brandon Belt to progress from supporting player to star — he hit 17 home runs and drove in 67 last season, good but not great for a first baseman. First base is a power position. Brandon Crawford is a brilliant shortstop but a limited offensive threat.

Last season, the Giants hit 107 home runs, next-to-last in the entire Major Leagues. They need more power. Where does it come from?

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