NL West 2013 Preview

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NL West 2013 Preview
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Gonzalez hit .324 with 13 homers and 75 runs batted in over his last 97 games in 2012.

The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants probably go into the 2013 season as division favorites, considering the team looks very similar to what it did at the end of last year. It won’t be a cakewalk, though. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ limited depth is already being put to the test after an injury to Hanley Ramirez, but they have a talented team that could dominate if they can avoid any more major injuries. An Arizona Diamondbacks team, coming off of an extremely busy offseason with lots of players coming and going, should also be competitive in 2013. 

And don’t count out the San Diego Padres, who had a fairly uneventful offseason but were one of the hottest teams in baseball over the second half of the 2012 season. The Colorado Rockies were a mess in 2012 and don’t appear to have improved much over the offseason. A healthy Troy Tulowitzki helps, but his return alone won’t carry them out of the cellar. 

Here’s a closer look at each of the five teams with an end-of-season standings prediction on the final slide.

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