If there was ever a “sleeper” team to win a championship, I think the San Francisco Giants of 2010 were it. However, with a new year comes a new season and I do not believe the Giants will win the division let alone repeat.
The Giants have some household names. Tim Lincecum is the one that jumps out. With a 3.43 ERA and a 16-10 record in 2010, Lincecum was the ace of the San Francisco rotation. Barry Zito is the other big name on the Giants rotation. However, his dismal 9-14 record and 4.15 ERA is simply of no benefit. Jonathan Sanchez will do well. Matt Cain’s ERA is a little high but still effective. Madison Bumgarner appears to be solid statistically.
Brian Wilson, not the Beach Boy, is the bright spot in the bullpen. However, one arm is not enough. As for the lineup, Buster Posey is the offensive leader. Miguel Tejada is past his prime. Rowand needs to improve.
I cannot see the Giants surpassing those Rockies from Colorado. The Dodgers will have a resurgence under Mattingly (See Donny Baseball takes over the Dodgers.) In the end, I give the NL West to Colorado with a 91-71 record. Yes, I think the Rockies are that good. The Giants will come in with 88 wins. San Diego will be third.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think!
All statistical data from espn.go.com.