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World Series Repeat?

February 10th 2013 11:56
The San Francisco Giants are here to stay, at least for the next several years! They probably have best pitching core around, not to mention closer Sergio Romo is now in a role he can fully commit to without constantly looking over his shoulder. Sure, the offense isn't always there, but this will be the first full year that Hunter Pence will be in a Giant uniform. And, they pretty much have everyone back from last year; not to mention a fully healthy Buster Posey behind the plate, who will really make a huge difference on both sides of the ball.

My only questions are Middle Relief and Outfield, disregarding real fast the value of a Hunter Pence. I really don't know if both Center Fielder Angel Pagen and Left Fielder Gregor Blanco will be at the same spots all year, but I do know the Giants have good depth. And, if starting pitching doesn't take off right away, who and what will they turn to? These may be questions to ponder, but we should also remember that San Francisco is probably one of the best run franchises as of late. Nothing flashing, just solid and aggressive baseball! Great organization, as these Giants could very quickly become a very highly talked about historic team if they keep winning like they have been these last several years. Bruce Bochy is doing a heck of a job with this organization, so don't be surprised if they go deep into the playoffs again, and possibly win another one.

The only teams in the NL that really give the Giants a run are probably the Dodgers and the Braves, given how much they have both have improved over the off-season. And, don't entirely count out the young Pirates and Reds, as they both are really close to something special within there organizations. Who can forget the Cardinals too though, as they may not have big Albert any more, but it can be very hard sometimes for me to count out there desire to win in St. Louis.

Lets turn to the other side real quick, and talk about the Detroit Tigers. Detroit is by far the best team in there specific division, so don't be surprised one bit if they win the Central again; barring any serious injury occurrences that is. There division is always somewhat tight though, because the Twins and the White Sox always find a way to fight there way into the race. Minnesota is in a rebuilding stage now though, so don't count on them to really give the Tigers problems this coming year. Chicago is decent, but don't expect anything real from them either if they continue not to solve the pitching rotation and Adam Dunn's woes.

But, back to the Tigers. We all know they have some pitching, as they could possibly have the best pitcher in the MLB, Justin Verlander. He has to be considered top 4 at least, as we can't totally forget about the talents of Felix in Seattle, Holiday in Philadelphia, Sabathia in New York, and/or Krenshaw in L.A. Both Prince Fielder and Cabrara are back, so the two headed offensive monster is still present in Detriot. Not to mention they added Tori Hunter, who may be old, but he is still very consistent with his output on the field; not to mention, he's still a top rate outfielder. So, as long as there starting rotation can give a little assistance to Verlander, they should be right back in the race this year.

The AL is stacked a little more this year, so I don't really know how far these Tigers can get. Because lets face it, they still have the Yankees to deal with, not to mention the Angels who have made dramatic improvements in both sides of the ball. Oakland too, just because they always seem to be in the thick of things no matter what happens to there roster. But can the Tigers go all the way again? Sure they can, as long as the bats stay hot, and the bottom half of the rotation gives well-deserved support to Verlander and company.

It will be fun to see how this season turns out, because we all its a very long 182 game season. A lot can happen in those months, but don't be surprised if both of these teams get far again, as they both still have tremendous upside.

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