Predicted finish of 2012 Giants, according to media outlets

The Giants don’t play on opening day. But everyone’s got a prediction.

So here’s a sampling of what some major newspapers are saying about the Giants’ chances this season in the NL West.

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

The Inquirer didn’t have a predicted order of finish in its season preview, but did say this about the Giants:

“Toss a coin on this club. They could win their second World Series in three years or wind up in the cellar. A good start is mandatory.”

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Here’s what the Trib says how the NL West will finish with records

  1. Diamondbacks, 90-72
  2. Giants, 86-76
  3. Dodgers, 84-78
  4. Rockies, 76-86
  5. Padres, 72-90

LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Times are picking the Giants to win the NL West, followed by the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Rockies and Padres, saying:

“Catcher Buster Posey is back after last year’s leg injury, and new arrivals Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan provide added support for the division’s best pitching staff. Carlos Beltran, Andres Torres, Cody Ross and Pat Burrell are gone. If first baseman Aubrey Huff slumps, Brandon Belt waits in the wings.”

DALLAS MORNING NEWS

The Morning News also is picking the Giants to win the West, followed by the Diamondbacks, Rockies, Dodgers and Padres.

“RHPs Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong and LHP Madison Bumgarner all finished among the NL’s top 10 in ERA but were a combined 51-45 because of poor run support. The return of C Buster Posey from a broken left leg should improve the offense and help the staff.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS

The AP didn’t have a predicted order of finish, but said this about the G-men:

“The Giants’ quest for a repeat came crashing to a halt when star catcher (Buster) Posey tore three ligaments in his left ankle and fractured a bone in his lower leg in a frightening home plate collision with Florida’s Scott Cousins on May 25. The Giants are counting on a healthy Posey and (Freddy) Sanchez, whose season was cut short by shoulder surgery, to spark the offense and give enough support to one of the game’s best pitching staffs.”

WASHINGTON POST

Likewise the Post didn’t have a predicted order of finish, but said this:

“What was the difference between the world champion Giants of 2010 and the ragtag bunch that was outscored by opponents and limped home with 86 wins in 2011? The long answer: a less productive offense, a lack of decent fifth-starter options and Brian Wilson’s season-long struggles with health and consistency. The short answer: Buster Posey. But Posey, the talented, 24-year-old catcher, is back from a devastating broken leg, and once again that should make all the difference.”

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