All is well in San Francisco.
The Giants are coming off their second World Series championship in the past three seasons. 2010 was magical. 2012 seemed impossible yet true.
While they do not receive the attention and hype that other baseball clubs receive, the Giants have emerged as one of the top teams of the decade, and signs point to San Francisco repeating that success in 2013 as they look to defend their World Series crown.
The good news is that the Giants remain virtually intact, using almost the exact same roster that got them through the playoffs and World Series last year. MVP catcher Buster Posey and All-Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval figure to have solid years. Mid-season acquisition and playoff hero Marco Scutaro also returns. Giants general manager Brian Sabean appears to have made all the right moves once again.
The bad news is that winning back-to-back World Series championships is extremely hard to do. The last team to accomplish that feat was the New York Yankees in 1999 and 2000. In addition, the Giants have to look south to their division rival Los Angeles Dodgers who have gone on a wild spending spree to bring in championship-caliber talent.
If San Francisco hopes to reach the World Series once more, they will have to have major contributions from almost every one of its starting players.
Here are six Giants who need to have a big impact in 2013.