The San Francisco Giants enter the 2013 MLB season as a strong favorite to win the NL West. Last season San Francisco Giants took the fans all the way to the World Series and this year those same fans expect much of the same. They want AT&T Park to play host to baseball’s latest dynasty, one which could win its third championship in four years.
Oddly, it is Tim Lincecum who has to rebound. The Giants have him pegged as the fourth starter in the rotation. San Francisco’s new ace is the dependable and now obscenely rich Matt Cain. He, Madison Bumgarner, and Ryan Vogelsong are a superb first three, but if Lincecum is unable to put together even an average year for an average pitcher, then the NL West may be lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Even a club in the best pitching division in the MLB has to have some hitting. Catcher Buster Posey, third base Pablo Sandoval, and shortstop Marco Scutaro are all back as the bulk of the offense. The recently resigned Hunter Pence and Angel Pagan could make this a Top 10 offense if Pence is able to drive the ball out of the park and Pagan is able to make major contact. Yes, the 2013 Giants season just might be the year a dynasty is officially recognized.