Forecast: National League preview

2. San Francisco Giants

Jim Caple: The Giants haven't made many changes from the 2012 championship team, which might not be good. Matt Cain had a good second half last season and Tim Hudson will help, but Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong need big comebacks because Barry Bonds' seven days as guest instructor won't solve the offensive problems.

David Schoenfield: The Giants have quietly transformed from a pitching-first team to a team built around its offense. In 2013, Giants position players ranked eighth in the majors in FanGraphs WAR and the pitching staff ranked 27th. Any chance of the Giants climbing back into the playoff race is dependent on Matt Cain having a bounce-back year (a good bet, given that he was very good from June 1 on last season), Tim Lincecum pitching better after two down years, Ryan Vogelsong coming back from a 5.73 ERA last season, and 38-year-old free agent Tim Hudson pitching well and remaining healthy. To exacerbate all those questions, there is next to no depth behind the Giants' five starting pitchers. They should score runs with Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval, although some of that ability is masked by playing in AT&T Park. Like the pitching staff, however, the Giants lack depth offensively, so they'll need to remain healthy. Many see the Giants returning to the playoffs, but I see that a lot must break their way for that to happen.

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