St Louis Cardinals v San Francisco Giants - Game Seven

The San Francisco Giants quest for back-to-back National West Division crowns will be no easy task this year with the Dodgers fielding a lineup with five potential All-Stars and a re-vamped D’Backs lineup that will look to continue their offensive success of last season without outfielder Justin Upton. The Rockies don’t have the pitching, but may still be able to win some ball games with a lineup featuring a healthy Troy Tulowitzki, while the Padres may be in for a long season, especially if they deal Chase Headley.

Over the next week, we will take a look at how each team’s lineups looked to start the season in 2012 compared to the projected look for 2013 (all ZiPS projections courtesy of Fangraphs.)

Los Angeles Dodgers

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. SS Dee Gordon: .228/.280/.281 1. SS Hanley Ramirez: .281/.356/.470
2. 2B Mark Ellis: .258/.333/.364 2. 2B Mark Ellis: .252/.317/.361
3 CF Matt Kemp: .303/.367/.538 3. CF Matt Kemp: .298/.363/.521
4. RF Andre Ethier: .284/.351/.460 4. 1B Adrian Gonzalez: .303/.377/.502
5. LF Juan Rivera: .244/.286/.375 5. RF Andre Ethier: .284/.359/.465
6. 1B James Loney: .249/.293/.336 6. 3B Luis Cruz: .260/.287/.390
7. 3B Juan Uribe: .191/.258/.284 7. LF Jerry Hairston Jr: .251/.325/.350
8. C A.J. Ellis: .270/.373/.414 8. C A.J. Ellis: .261/.368/.375
9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher

The Dodgers begin the 2013 season with 2012 acquisitions, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford ready for a full season in L.A. Crawford had a slight set back from Tommy John surgery, but will likely start patrolling left field by the beginning of May. If Luis Cruz struggles, the Dodgers may still move Hanley back to third with Dee Gordon still the shortstop of the future.

San Francisco Giants

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. CF Angel Pagan: .288/.338/.440 1. CF Angel Pagan: .277/.332/.403
2. RF Melky Cabrera: .346/.390/.516 2. 2B Marco Scutaro: .281/.344/.378
3 3B Pablo Sandoval: .283/.342/.447 3. 3B Pablo Sandoval: .298/.358/.502
4. C Buster Posey: .336/.408/.549 4. C Buster Posey: .324/.400/.534
5. LF Aubrey Huff: 192/.326/.282 5. RF Hunter Pence: .277/.338/.464
6. 1B Brandon Belt: .275/.360/.421 6. 1B Brandon Belt: 282/.374/.463
7. 2B Ryan Theriot: .270/.316/.321 7. LF Gregor Blanco: .246/.346/.328
8. SS Brandon Crawford: .248/.304/.349 8. SS Brandon Crawford: .245/.306/.351
9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher

Not much has changed in San Francisco in regards to the 2013 projected lineup in comparison to 2012. Gone are Melky Cabrera and Aubrey Huff, with Marco Scutaro starting the year as their starting second baseman, a role he played at the beginning of last season, but with the Rockies.

Arizona Diamondbacks

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. SS Willie Bloomqvist: .302/.325/.398 1. CF Adam Eaton:.291/.358/.418
2. CF Chris Young: .231/.311/.434 2. 2B Aaron Hill: .270/.327/.442
3 RF Justin Upton: .280/.355/.430 3. C Miguel Montero: .272/.357/.435
4. C Miguel Montero: .286/.391/.438 4. LF Jason Kubel: .259/.333/.465
5. 1B Paul Goldschmidt: .286/.359/.490 5. 3B Martin Prado: .291/.347/.425
6. LF Jason Kubel: .253/.327/.506 6. 1B Paul Goldschmidt: .283/.375/.501
7. 3B Ryan Roberts: .235/.296/.360 7. RF Cody Ross: .254/.321/.444
8. 2B Aaron Hill: .302/.360/.522 8. SS Cliff Pennington: .242/.315/.346
9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher

Big changes came this off-season in Arizona, especially when it came to the offense. Gone are Chris Young (Oakland), Justin Upton (Atlanta) and Ryan Roberts (Tampa) and they were replaced by Cody Ross, Martin Prado and rookie Adam Eaton. Should be interesting to see the impact Upton actually had on this lineup over the years.

San Diego Padres

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. CF Cameron Maybin: .243/.306/.349 1. SS Everth Cabrera: .256/.329/.340
2. RF Chris Denorfia: .293/.345/.451 2. 2B Logan Forsythe: .265/.352/.376
3 3B Chase Headley: .286/.376/.498 3. 3B Chase Headley: .278/.365/.454
4. LF Jesus Guzman: .247/.319/.418 4. LF Carlos Quentin: .256/.350/.495
5. C Nick Hundley: .157/.219/.245 5. 1B Yonder Alonso: .285/.360/.438
6. 1B Yonder Alonso: .273/.348/.393 6. RF Will Venable: .255/.324/.405
7. 2B Orlando Hudson: .204/.261/.312 7. CF Cameron Maybin: .265/.327/.397
8. SS Jason Bartlett: .133/.240/.193 8. C Nick Hundley: .233/.299/.373
9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher

The Padres were rumored to be players in this year’s free agent market, but in the end, made very little change in comparison to 2012. Arguably their best player, Chase Headley could be dealt this season, with the Yankees being talked about as a potential destination.

Colorado Rockies

2012 Opening Day Lineup Projected 2013 Opening Day Lineup
1. 2B Marco Scutaro: .306/.348/.405 1. CF Dexter Fowler: .273/.369/.436
2. CF Dexter Fowler: .300/.389/.474 2. 2B Josh Rutledge: .277/.308/.465
3 LF Carlos Gonzalez: .303/.371/.510 3. LF Carlos Gonzalez: .298/.362/.516
4. SS Troy Tulowitzki: .287/.360/.486 4. SS Troy Tulowitzki: .298/.372/.522
5. 1B Todd Helton: .238/.343/.400 5. RF Michael Cuddyer: .264/.333/.447
6. RF Michael Cuddyer: .260/.317/.489 6. 1B Todd Helton: .275/.383/.425
7. C Ramon Hernandez: .217/.247/.353 7. C Wilin Rosario: .270/.312/.530
8. 3B Chris Nelson: .301/.352/.458 8. 3B Chris Nelson: .274/.320/.414
9. Pitcher 9. Pitcher

The Colorado Rockies lineup looks good on paper, but it seems that’s always the case over the past few seasons. Tulowitzki must remain healthy for this team to contend, along with Carlos Gonzalez and last year’s free agent acquisition Michael Cuddyer. Josh Rudledge is projected to start at second after trading last year’s second baseman Marco Scutaro mid-season.

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