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San Francisco Giants Betting Tips – Defending Champs Look Strong To Repeat

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 3/5/2013 6:16:40 PM

Everyone knows how hard it is to repeat as a World Series champion. But the betting world assumes that, unless the defending champ has a fire sale and gets rid of all of its talent, that the team which won it last year should be the favorite to win it this year. The Giants have a strong batting order, a very strong starting pitching rotation, a solid bullpen and a crafty manager in Bruce Bochy. There is every reason to believe that this Giants team could repeat as World Series champion.

But there are plenty of challenges this team will have to face before it can claim another World Series trophy. The online sports book experts watched as the Giants allowed key role players such as Melky Cabrera and Freddy Sanchez. The Giants will need some new players to fill in abandoned roster spots if it wants to successfully defend its title. The only loss that fans are not concerned about was the loss of closer Brian Wilson. With Sergio Romo now on board for at least two years, the Giants have traded one effective beard for another.

Pitching

Tim Lincecum remains the X-factor in this Giants’ starting rotation. The online casino players watched as Bruce Bochy tried desperately to find a place for Lincecum in the playoff run. When Lincecum was no longer effective as a starter, Bochy put him in the bullpen. But even as a reliever, Bochy only allowed Lincecum two or three innings per game. In 2013, the Giants is still looking for Lincecum to be a dominating pitcher and will have him in the starting rotation. If Tim Lincecum can bounce back and Madison Bumgarner can find his stride, then this San Francisco rotation will be something to deal with.

Hitting

The thing that carried the Giants to the World Series last year was the unexpected emergence of Angel Pagan at the plate. Pagan, along with Marco Scutaro, played well beyond expectations down the stretch and in the playoffs last year. The Giants are not naïve and are not expecting these two to continue their production at the opening of the 2013 season. But those two, along with Pablo Sandoval, hold the key to success for the Giants. As long as those three are consistent, then the Giants will be competitive all season long.

Outlook

The San Francisco Giants was a steady team last season that suddenly emerged when the playoffs began. Bruce Bochy knows that his team cannot maintain any kind of torrid offensive pace for 162 games, so look for the Giants to get off to a good but unspectacular start in 2013. San Francisco will be battling with the Dodgers all season long for the NL West pennant, but it will be San Francisco’s ability to turn on the gas towards the end of the season that will be the difference in the pennant race.

Projected Finish: First in NL West

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