A number of unknowns are in play for the 2013 season, after an off-season hurricane of trades and a number of schedule changes, including moving the Houston Astros from the National League Central to the American League West. The shock-and-awe trade of five top players from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays was only one of enough trades to make a batting helmet spin. The Los Angeles Dodgers have opened the wallet wide to acquire the talent to face down the defending National League West champion San Francisco Giants.
The 2012 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants should be at the top of the National League West again, just as their opponents, the Detroit Tigers, are expected to improve on last year’s record at the top of the American League Central. The Giants should play well in spite of the legal problems of several players, including the 50-game suspension of Melky Cabrera for testing positive for testosterone.
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Back to the league … We see the greatest potential to out-perform their 2012 record in the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox. Atlanta has a stronger pitching base with Kris Medlen, Tim Hudson and more, while Texas and Boston are committed to improving the team.
And the Los Angeles Dodgers have cultivated a talent pool that could break away this season. Altogether the National League West could be a fierce race, with the Giants, Dodgers and San Diego Padres all in a talent position to show up and play for keeps, every game.
While trades should strengthen teams such as Toronto and Detroit, other teams are correspondingly weaker, including the Marlins and the Colorado Rockies. The Miami trade to Toronto, in particular, removed so many top players, fans’ hopes were shattered beyond hopes of repair for the upcoming season.
Which is your favorite team? What are you expecting from them this season?
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