Sunday, March 31, 2013

Baseball Predictions, Part 6: Keith Law

More punditry from ESPN! And Keith Law predicts the Giants repeat as NL West champs, with 92 wins, three ahead of the Dodgers (a reverse of what Dan Szymborski predicted (link insider only):

The San Francisco Giants brought the same crew back for 2013, usually not an ideal strategy but likely to prevent enough runs to at least win one of the wild-card spots with just an average offense. Tim Lincecum could be the difference between a division title and a spot in the play-in game. (In case you missed it, I discussed Lincecum's outlook on this week's podcast with Giants beat writer Andy Baggarly.)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have pitching depth, with seven viable starters if you believe Chad Billingsley can avoid Tommy John surgery (I don't), and when their lineup is healthy, it's one of the better ones in the league. However, Hanley Ramirez was probably the position player they could least afford to lose other than Matt Kemp.

Law also predicts Stephen Strasburg gets the Cy Young over Clayton Kershaw.

I don't want to fight the Law, but I don't agree.


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