What are the Chances San Francisco Repeats?

1/31/13 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The San Francisco Giants, winners of two of the last three World Series championships, brought back all key pieces who led them to a championship parade in Union Square a year ago. 

Angel Pagan, the dependable leadoff hitter and starting center fielder, re-upped with the Giants for four seasons. It may not seem like a signing worth boasting about, but his dependability in clutch situations to get on base as well as make leaping grabs in center field near on the warning track is in a class of its own. 

Oct 25, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (16) warms up before game two of the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsAlso, the 37-year old utility infielder, Marco Scuatro, whom the Giants traded for at the July 31 deadline last season, re-signed for three seasons so the Giants will be stuck with him until he is 40. This may turn out to be more along the lines of re-upping Aubrey Huff after the 2010 series championship because once a guy like Scutaro has a monster year, he cashes in on a contract he didn't deserve. 

That being said, Scutaro, if healthy, can be an incredible asset to this lineup at the 2 spot getting on base for both Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey. 

The Giants always lean on their pitching, however, to take them the distance. Matt Cain, Madison Bumgardner, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelson and yes, even Barry Zito comprise one of, if not the, top rotations in baseball. And the fact that the Giants were able to plug Sergio Romo in at the closer spot when Brian Wilson went down early on, speaks volumes to their depth of the bullpen. 

San Francisco will almsot certainly take the NL West again in 2013, but it remains to be seen if they can legitimately turn into the first NL dynasty in over 30 years. 
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2/1/13   |   ML31   |   3658 respect

It will be rough.  The hard part will be winning the division.  Yes, I was not pleased with the length of the Scutero signing.  But there weren't many options at 2nd base.  Scutero will certainly not have the impact he had last year.  But if he performs like his baseball card says, he should be adequate.  Injuries, like in 2011, will be the telling factor. 

I still feel with their pitching staff (Especially the bull pen) the Giants will have an excellent chance of becoming the first NL team since the Reds to repeat as World Series winners.