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FOXSports.com previews the NL West. Can the Giants repeat last year's performance?
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Let's jump they -- the National League west a year ago the Giants made history winning the first World Series since coming to the West Coast was that a fluke is this team a legit contender to make it back to back -- Well first of all wasn't a fluke it wasn't a fluke because it happened but nobody -- him in spring training and I know I didn't even look that great pitching staff because they didn't have the offense but. What Bryant Zabian did he just piece things together -- -- go back to a spring to go there and Aubrey Huff was out there any signs Aubrey Huff. And he has -- here Pablo Sandoval came at a spring training forty pounds heavier. Their fortieth right now he comes in 38 pounds lighter actually this spring he looks like this -- out there they've got a young guys don't do you wanna talk about. But last summer they added some offensive pieces they came together you know -- had a big year for when he was released by Tampa Bay they picked him up -- place is -- grew up in the Bay Area. In all things you'll have to fall correctly they have some clutch hitting but the pitching. Really took off especially in September I mean they were just lights out -- guys starting rotation and an. Of course they got that great closer that that the bearded man always -- to start -- he certainly did us not a concern because they've got Romo who throws strikes -- -- get a big Carmen Santiago Casilla. They got a couple lefties including -- so. Lopez I mean they are good are covered the pitching one through 111 through twelve however did you wanna say it. Their outstanding so they're gonna go right back at it again mainly because that they got a hitter and you wanna talk. Yeah braided belt I think he's got a chance be rookie of the year we learned today that he made the team I think the guy I think in a 25 homers. And drive in ninety runs even though we only played one year in the minor leagues he's gonna play first opry helped is gonna be in right loved watching them this spring. Besides belt I think this Giants the better team that we saw that won the World Series last year and why you get a four year Andre stores you get a full year Buster Posey. You get a full year of massive bomb Garner they have great depth remember Mark DeRosa back because of the wrist. This is a baseball team -- this for a lot more runs than they did a year ago the only question I. Haven't Miguel hot at shortstop he lacks a little bit -- this spring hasn't swung the bat well he's going to be key for them because the Giants don't have a lot of depth behind him. -- fans to stand on this topic sort of things were watching belt he was drafted as a Lee second first baseman corner infield. Question of whether he's gonna make the club we nobody can hit but we also stole some bases in the mightily about twelve major open to get a little bit of value of late and obviously -- -- nobody expected in the laid out any ground balls last year guys the the bottom line is he just couldn't stand couldn't get around. Batting average falls off and that was his big plus we hit 332 years ago so we get him back to 300. Good value -- doughnuts after the tracks are now nervous important. It's -- -- I say I -- trucks. It all -- direct. Hey let's move on to the Rockies we have our first sweet reminder -- up Twitter at fox sports. Mike it's for you should fantasy owners of foxsports.com. -- -- Carlos Gonzales with a number one overall. It are certainly a top five Gavin I'm not trump and Hanley Ramirez and now Liverpool should go 11 -- there. Expert Gonzales like the monster numbers last year the 34 home runs -- 117. At 26 stolen bases. 336 that's the number that we put the big question mark on last year at 435. Balls put like 3961 for a monster. But the fact he doesn't walk much swings -- a lot of pitches out of the zone I gotta think that eventually that regress my didn't care about the splits though -- order wrote. I thought I haven't heard yet he had a monster 81 at home 126 of those home runs we're good at Coors Field so. I'm not expecting the regression here just a question -- -- they start -- a couple more free passes as they get down -- let me get to them and that we know about the brilliance of Ubaldo Jimenez got about the rest of that -- I'd take you by bill Rosa comes back like he did a couple of years ago it can be a fifteen or sixteen game winner -- I think they got a great 12 punch -- can match up against the Giants. One and two but a lot has put on him in the group that got him back that was big Hamels a nice looking pitcher at the back into the rotation and and Ryder. But a rookie could be shifting. Yeah I think -- without question is going to be the key. To this rotation is a guy that can win twelve to fourteen games he's got tremendous stuff. A great secondary pitches well on this committee continues to improve so I think he's a sleeper in this rotation. And then we'll get this ballclub I think the key -- that's gonna be Dexter Fowler the center fielder this is the guy this entire spring that worked on his bunny. Worked on slapping the balking got a steal forty bases and put guys in RBI situations like cargo into what they can be huge how do you see. Oh wow that's a fantasy angle for and he's one of those guys as we go forward you'll want in one category -- necessarily taking up a pointer roster spot. But he's a guy late maybe get your little bump in the batting average and stealing forty to fifty maybe they'll let him run it at the top and get things started so he's gonna be good values been drafted as a fourth outfielder right now maybe maybe more upside than. Okay let's move on we have our first email you can hit us up the NL fox and they'll be live Hotmail dot com Daniel alcohol in Southern California fellas who was the better young talent. I think the San Diego Padres I think they've got better youth on this club. Not just in the major leagues but I think in the minor leagues as well you've got to get it resolved one of the guys that was required in the Adrian Gonzales deal this is the guy that impressed Bud Black in spring training. But tell me as good as advertised probably 2530 homer guy. Down the road 9000. RBIs in that Casey Kelly the right handed pitcher they feel like Casey Kelly has a chance. To develop into a twelve to fifteen game win -- neither one is gonna start here in the big leagues. But both could be there as early as September I think that's going to be keeping their team. At one thing that they did that get younger and and more athletic up the middle and -- -- Jason Bartlett Orlando Hudson person that young have been around a little bit but they -- -- or more athletic Cameron Ravens gonna get a chance to place. Every day in center field for the first time so limited ballpark -- -- Those are good moves Bartlett had a down year last year -- Tampa Davis I have seen him two years ago this guy can play could play shortstop who can steal thirty bases. Just Jason don't try to pull the ball hit fourteen home runs against. -- and -- right you don't Brad Hawpe had a great spring for them their hoping he gets back to the forty homers eighty RBIs. That he did with -- Colorado Rockies for all those years up until 2009. Brad Hawpe is a key for them because they're gonna really miss -- Gonzales are gonna miss -- RBI or you can't replace it. And even though they tried to improve their on base at the top they were they were last in the nationally last year. The bottom line is without them off middle I'm not sure that Koppen Headley led what they're gonna drive in enough runs. And I think the potters are gonna go from the first second place team to a team probably the fight for the Diamondbacks but. Lot of quick thought about Arizona -- hope for the fans in the valley let's unless that I think this is -- going to be at the bottom of the division myself I mean you know he's got a new manager Kirk Gibson you know looking at the guys -- that -- record I do like Miguel Montero is a pretty good offensive hitting catcher Chris Young had a pretty good year last year. Russell bed frame and it was that big time power. I mean that -- of their lineup. Just just enough in this guy's a super. Aren't making but he can't do it by himself Stephen Drew is aching right now. I don't think they have enough pitching in the rotation Kevin towers likes to build teams but bullpen back to the front wing elated that San Diego but right now this is not the year they are rebuilding right. And they don't -- prospect at first base or third base that's why they went to the veterans Branyan at first and more at third base -- gonna par in left field not -- the offense in those spots. And don't forget Daniel Hudson because Daniel -- the real deal I think he'll have a -- -- in the rotation but I agree with Kevin -- again. Hi Bob let's move on to the Dodgers and we could spend an hour and there are -- seeing guys like Joe not even including -- I'm very easier now adding to the drama making some headlines this week here in Southern California final year of his contract says it could be his last two with the team story or not -- -- is -- that's a non story and especially the start of the season -- I think this is coming off -- Chad Billingsley getting a three year deal. And all the money he did not reduce have a lot have another big year guess what you think the Dodgers of all people are not get ten -- -- they're gonna tell you confidence go out hit thirty home runs hit 300 but he also Seymour against. This is a non issue. As far as I'm concerned yeah I grew together and I think because Russell Martin was non -- last year I think that hit home with him but the reality is that this is not a guided the -- non tender -- not trade -- a general manager you take care Kurt shock you wanna take your camp and Billingsley -- -- you get -- here he got to have a pecking -- I think that's Ned -- he's pecking order I think at some point if they get him at the right numbers -- here will stay in Los Angeles don't worry about it. JaMarcus Russell Martin and as a guy was coming off myriad injuries so there had to be -- there was a lot of risk associated with bringing him back particularly when the Yankees come home with a -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- How about the man in the dugout to look. Don Mattingly had outstanding career he's young he can relate to the fighters but he has no big league managerial experience but Beckett. -- you as a former -- It certainly you know I've been in my career I had 31 year managers Jim -- maniac and Tony Perez -- -- -- Act a little bit different if they managed in the minor league so they were ready for. Tony for what. Mattingly had never managed before like Mattingly knew the game back in front. With the Hall of Fame caliber player but the reality is there's a difference between learning how to manage knowing how to manage and actually doing it and Kevin. He's -- at -- -- as bench coach is gonna -- -- -- coach he could develop into a good manager but there will be some growing pains I've never seen a first year manager. They didn't have got a message you do not very David -- at 15100 games in about a -- we all went through that. Well he's definitely go off on number one he's a great guy great personality number -- -- great Yankee great ball players got instant respect for Matt. It and the players in the Dodgers system known for being a culture hitting coach and a veteran coach is well. If you take a look at the Dodgers what you what he's dealing with right now and how -- the met Jeff. And I agreed to leave the way there's no question about that Jay Gibbons this is -- -- on the DL with a -- problem right now. But lineup isn't as deep -- as -- it's been in years past of the young guys young core. Have to take the lead to get back to your point. On managing now spring training is one thing you can have -- team meetings and -- -- great with the guys that the players love the interaction I didn't see as much interact with Torre Joe. Had that little bit more like a football coach in NFL delegating. -- more hands on and you are your first year believe me. Because I killed a fragile it from coaches don't -- throw BP wanted to bongos I wanna give up their work James -- of -- nominally but that you find in the big leagues. Your big priority before the game becomes -- and -- us the media. Hadn't Matt Kenseth is gonna have an MVP year only write that down in Miami yeah Oden will always look -- what I don't wrap up the program. Whether MVP -- as well yeah. Yeah your hedging ultimate I don't want your -- and equipment. We I don't wanna make one point before we get off a little bit just about one more about managing of the biggest challenge -- gonna have during the season. Is now not being a coach anymore being your best friend as the players. Now you have to make up -- -- -- now you know inaudible and here's the reason why discipline to become. An issue that's what they have to handle and handling the pitching staff that's the biggest thing but management abilities he got -- happily and a lot of.