5 Reasons Why the Giants Will Be Contenders For A Long Time

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# 3 – Sub-par Division Competition

Colorado, San Diego, Arizona and Los Angeles.  Out of these four division rivals, only one poses a serious potential threat to San Francisco.  In the near future, anyway.  And unless the three weaker teams (Colorado, San Diego, and Arizona) make some significant signings or trades soon, it looks like they’ll be staying that way for a while.

Jul. 21, 2011; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zach Greinke against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The one imminent danger trying to rear its head is down in Los Angeles, where the Dodgers have followed up last season’s second half “blockbuster” trade with this past off-season’s mega signing, in which the team inked Zack Greinke to a six year, one hundred fifty nine million dollar contract.

I would be worried, if I actually thought Greinke was worth the contract he was so graciously given.  But that’s just my opinion.  Clayton Kershaw is where the money is at, but between he, Greinke, and Kemp, the Dodgers only have a few big names attached to their club for the foreseeable future — Greinke actually has an opt out clause following the 2015 season, should he choose to enact it.

Though the season is still less than a week old, all the pressure is placed squarely on the shoulders of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have much to prove.  This greatly adds to the Giants desire to win, as showing (yet again) that you don’t need big names to win it all would give the team great honor.