So far, the San Francisco Giants’ 2013 season has been a story of surprises.
The rotation—assumed to be the Giants' biggest strength—has underperformed. Four of five starters have been rocked for big innings, including ace Matt Cain.
MVP and all-star Buster Posey has yet to find his stroke, hitting .267 with only three home runs after finishing 2012 with a .336 batting average. After tearing it up in spring training, Brandon Belt has also struggled to come up with big hits, though he has continued to improve since the beginning of the season.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all has been shortstop Brandon Crawford, who hit over .300 for a majority of the season and leads the Giants with five home runs and two triples.
The ups and downs that have been the hallmark of the 2013 season will only continue in May as the Giants pursue the red-hot Rockies in the West.
Here are 10 bold predictions for how the race will unfold.