10 Things Giants vs. D'Backs Series Will Tell Us About the NL West Race

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10 Things Giants vs. D'Backs Series Will Tell Us About the NL West Race
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For the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants, 2012 will be a rematch and a test.

After last year's NL West battle between the Diamondbacks and Giants was cut short by San Francisco's untimely loss of catcher Buster Posey and some further offensive woes—such as a last place finish in the NL in on-base percentage—Arizona ran away with the division title, flirting with a double-digit Western lead before finishing the 2011 season eight games ahead of the Giants.

Both clubs are favorites to win the division, which translates to a great deal of pressure as the Diamondbacks play host to the Giants Friday night.

Not only does Game 1 feature aces Tim Lincecum (SF) and Ian Kennedy (ARI), the entire series will also be packed with questions waiting to be answered, a glimpse at what the future may hold as MLB begins its annual 162-game trek through spring, summer and fall.

Amongst many other of the most dramatic questions waiting to be answered this season—such as which 23 fans will find the Kirk Gibson cutouts scattered throughout Phoenix and Tempe, thus solidifying their status as "#RedAlert" fanatics—these are 10 questions the Giants and D-Backs hope to answer during their MLB opening series, Friday through Sunday.

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