Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Goody's 2013 MLB Predictions: NL West

1. San Francisco Giants (93-69): This team has won 2 World Series in the past 3 years, and not much has changed from the 2012 ball club. The Giants have a solid pitching rotation and I am going to call my shot and Tim Lincemcum comes back to his old form a bit.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (91-71): The Dodgers have spent some big money in the offseason to not only make a run at the Pennant but to win the World Series. Will the additions of Zach Greinke and  Carl Crawford push them over the edge? I don't think so, at leas not this year, I feel Greinke will feel a bit of the pressure down the stretch and Crawford is a question if he can play like he did for Tampa Bay.

3. Arizona Diamondbacks (88-74): The starting rotation remains just as solid as last year, and maybe even more so with Brandon McCarthy. It seems the only thing the bullpen knows how to do is to strand inherited runners. This young team looks to improve this year after trading Upton and will be a factor in years to come.

4. Colorado Rockies (67-95): Poor pitching plagued the Rockies in 2012, and they haven't really done much to make the starting rotation much better. If the Rockies want to improve they will need to hope that Troy Tulowitzki lives up to his big contract.

5. San Diego Padres (65-97): The 50 game suspension of Yasmani Grandai, the teams only real standout, will prevent this team from coming out the gate with any momentum. To much inexperience in pitching really hurts this team as well.

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