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Matt Cain will be the Giants' Opening Day starter.
As the San Francisco Giants get set to open the 2013 season, they have one goal in mind. The Giants want to defend their 2012 World Series crown.
The Giants have all of the main components of their 2012 team back and it all starts with pitching. The Giants' starting rotation of Cain, Bumgarner, Lincecum, Vogelsong and Zito is one of the best in all of baseball.
Durability has been a major asset for this group. Every one of these pitchers started over 30 games for the Giants last year. Continued good health from this group will go a long way to determining the Giants' fate in 2013.
The Giants' bullpen will again be without Brian Wilson, but they won it all without him last year. Sergio Romo will be the closer, and he can expect plenty of help from Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla, Javier Lopez and George Kontos.
Throughout the post season, in every series, the Giants showed the value of good defense. Once again, this is a squad that should be excellent defensively.
The offense will be led by Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval. The top of the order is productive with Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro. Nobody can expect the same production from Scutaro that he displayed for the Giants in 2012, but he's still a very solid offensive player.
The Giants are expecting bigger offensive contributions from Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford. If they can deliver, this will be a strong lineup from top to bottom.
Guiding the ship will be manager Bruce Bochy. His calm demeanor enabled the Giants to weather the storm of injuries and suspensions last year. Bochy is now regarded as one of the best managers in baseball, and deservedly so.
GM Brian Sabean has also played a huge role in the Giants' success. His midseason acquisitions of Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro energized the team for their second-half and postseason run.
The NL West will be very tough this year, as the Los Angeles Dodgers have the money to buy whatever they need and the Arizona Diamondbacks are a young and improving team.
The Giants are poised for another outstanding season, the key will be staying healthy and continuing to get the quality pitching the Giants are known for. If they accomplish these two things, there's no reason the Giants cannot have another parade down Market Street in San Francisco.