The 2019 season hasn't yet started (for 28 teams, at least), and the Dodgers have already wrapped up their seventh straight NL West crown.
At least that's how pundits see things shaking out this year.
Fangraphs projects that the Dodgers will win 93 games and win the division by 12 games over the Rockies. CBS Sports asked five of their writers to predict the NL West standings and all five have the Dodgers on top.
Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland doesn't want to hear it.
"That's the thing people need to understand, it's awesome to see how we're the underdog and we're taking advantage of that," Holland told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy G during the Giants-A's broadcast on Monday night. "Nobody is picking us to do anything, they've already crowned the Dodgers, they voted that they're going to be the champs. Yeah, that's not happening. We're definitely going to make some noise."
"They've already crowned the Dodgers, they voted that they're gonna be the champs... yeah, that's not happening." 👀 pic.twitter.com/zZHUPJXFTT— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) March 26, 2019
Holland told Amy G that the players in the Giants clubhouse have a lot of confidence in themselves.
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We appreciate Holland's belief in his squad. In order to back up his words, the Giants are going to have to overcome low expectations. Fangraphs projects them to finish in last place, and all those same five CBS Sports writers have the Giants in the cellar.
Hey, if the Giants do shock people and dethrone the Dodgers, it will be one hell of a story.