Teams listed in order of 2002 finish

Arizona Diamondbacks

Manager: Bob Brenly.

2002: 98-64, 1st; lost to St. Louis in first round.

Payroll: $94 million.

Rotation: Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Elmer Dessens, John Patterson, Byung-Hyun Kim.

Meat of the order: Junior Spivey, Luis Gonzalez, Danny Bautista.

Turning point: No two players provide a better barometer for their teams than Johnson and Schilling. Arizona goes as far as its aces carry it.

Fresh face: Despite a disappointing spring training, Lyle Overbay takes over as the regular first baseman. He's a career .345 hitter in the minors.

Best guess: Johnson's strong spring created confidence for a team that should be favored to win a third straight division title.

San Francisco Giants

Manager: Felipe Alou.

2002: 95-66, 2nd; beat Atlanta in first round, beat St. Louis in NLCS and lost to Anaheim in World Series.

Payroll: $80 million.

Rotation: Kirk Rueter, Jason Schmidt, Damian Moss, Ryan Jensen, Kurt Ainsworth.

Meat of the order: Rich Aurilia, Barry Bonds, Edgardo Alfonzo.

Turning point: Owner Peter Magowan and GM Brian Sabean are banking on a fast start to keep players and fans from missing Dusty Baker, who was more popular than Bonds.

Fresh faces: In right-handers Ainsworth, Jesse Foppert and Jerome Williams, the Giants may have the league's best pitching depth. Foppert starts in Triple A but is a good bet for 20-plus starts.

Best guess: It will be a frustrating year for Bonds, who might get walked even more often with Jeff Kent gone. Can't wait to see how he handles intentional walks from Baker.