Now that the smoke has cleared and reality has set in that the San Francisco Giants have won their second World Series in a three year span, do you think they did enough this off-season to get themselves in position to win the NL West in 2013?
The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to be the team that everyone is watching and expecting to take the lead in the NL West. They did make some moves last season and had some key signings this off-season. However, they didn’t win the last game of the baseball season like the Giants did by winning the World Series. Sometimes it’s better being the underdog, because you’re playing with something to prove.
The Giants are bringing everyone back in 2013, and should see an upgrade without making any big deals. They’re getting a full year with Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence. I know Pence wasn’t exactly raking with the Giants, but he still can drive in runs. I expect his average to go up from .219, and he’s a pretty motivated guy since he will hit the free agent market after the season.
If Pablo Sandoval can stay healthy in 2013, he could put up some decent numbers. Sandoval only played in 108 games, and missed a good chunk of the season with another hamate bone surgery. Sandoval is always a threat at the plate, and a streaky hitter. Which means a healthy Sandoval for a full season, can only be good news for the Giants.
I’m expecting Tim Lincecum to bounce back from his 10-15 record with a 5.18 ERA. Lincecum’s WAR is negative two. I don’t see this same kind of production in 2013 from Lincecum. He might not be back to his Cy Young form, but he will be much better for the Giants in 2013. Like Pence, Lincecum will also be motivated since he’s hitting the free agent market after the season as well.
Only time will tell if the Giants will win the NL West. One thing we do know is the Giants and Dodgers rivalry should be firing on all cylinders this year!