This article is part of our MLB Team Previews series.The 2012 season couldn't have gone any better for the Giants as it culminated in their second World Series championship in the past three years. They coasted to an NL West tile with a 94-68 record while relying on their steady pitching and clutch hitting. Then the team overcame 2-0 and 3-1 playoff deficits against Cincinnati and St. Louis, respectively, to go on to sweep the Tigers in the Fall Classic.
The Giants didn't make any big splashes in free agency this offseason aside from re-signing a few key players; instead, they are applying the same formula that netted them two titles by building around their young core of home-grown players (Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Sergio Romo, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford) and sprinkling in seasoned veterans to fill in the holes elsewhere (Angel Pagan, Hunter Pence, Barry Zito). The Giants are likely considered favorites to win the NL West again in 2013, but it won't be an easy task with the Dodgers beco
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