The San Francisco Giants may have been the World Series champions for two of the past three seasons, but are they set to win back-to-back titles and three out of four?
The Giants right now are the best team in the National League and have been overlooked each season because of their lack of big names and average offense.
They may not have been everyone’s favorite to win the World Series last season and even when they got there, many thought the Detroit Tigers would take care of business, proving the American League‘s superiority over the National League.
Although many people argue that the American League is better than the National League, the NL has won five of the last seven titles and seven titles overall since the 2001 season.
Depending on whether the 2013 Giants can stay healthy, there is a more than sufficient chance that they will repeat as World Series champions. San Francisco has had one of the most notable injuries in the last two seasons when catcher Buster Posey suffered a severe season-ending injury in 2011 that basically ruined any hopes they had of winning their second straight title.
Last season, closer Brian Wilson missed much of the season because of an injury and Sergio Romo came in and did a more than adequate job as the team’s fill-in closer. That fill-in role seems to have turned into a permanent role as the Giants have named him the team’s closer and Wilson is now looking for other opportunities.
The outfield remains the biggest question mark for this team and if they can play well, the Giants will surely be in the right position to repeat.
They re-signed Angel Pagan to a four-year, $40 million deal that will keep him in center field as a defensive specialist, but it’s the corner outfield positions that make most Giants fans worry.
Hunter Pence wasn’t as reliable in 2012 as he had been in years past, but if he can hit like he has the potential to, the right fielder will have a spot in this lineup for a while. However, left field is the least secure spot in the entire lineup as Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres will likely split time.
Pitching has never been an issue for the Giants, but in the cases of Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito, 2013 needs to be a year that they prove themselves if they want to continue to stay in the rotation.
If this team can fly under the radar– a hard thing to do for a team with two titles in three years– they will, once again, win the World Series in 2013.