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Giants Update – Week of October 10th

On paper, the Giants may not jump out you as a team that is going to compete for a title, but this is a team that has all of the intangibles to beat absolutely anyone on a given night. They proved that against the Nationals in the opening round of the playoffs, as they continued their red-hot play by taking down the Nats in just four games. In the process, the Giants rode the sizzling bats of both Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt, who knocked in five runs apiece in the NLDS to help get the Giants back to the NLCS – the place that fans know that they belong.

Of course, it obviously helps that the Giants continue to get great performances from ace Madison Bumgarner, who dazzled in the Wild Card round to get the Giants into the main part of the postseason and then put together another quality start against the Nationals. All in all, the 25-year-old lefty has shown again and again that he has the ability to take his game to the next level when the playoffs come around, which is why the Giants are brimming over with confidence as they get ready for a big series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

You also can't discount the continued brilliance of Buster Posey, who has elevated the entire lineup by beating up on pitching. After dominating coming down the home stretch of the season, Posey was hitting near.400 after his first five games of the postseason and has been one of the toughest outs in the league, helping to make this offense tick as they look to continue making their way closer to the Fall Classic. Though the Cardinals obviously bring a whole new set of challenges for the Giants, this is a very complete baseball team that seems to get better every time they're playing baseball in October, helping to make them the talk of the Bay Area as they look to bring home yet another championship.

Giants Update – Week of September 19th

One of the beautiful things about baseball is that the ball doesn't always bounce your way, which is what the Giants found out recently during a tough blow-out loss to the Dodgers. But what separates the non-contenders from the champions is how you bounce back, something that the Giants habitually have shown that they're capable of doing. After the tough game to the Dodgers, the Giants got right back in the saddle and took two out of three from the Diamondbacks in Arizona, solidifying their grip on the top wildcard spot in the National League and getting right back into the chase for the N.L. West as well.

Part of the reason that they've been able to bounce back so quickly has been the timely contributions of starter Jake Peavy, who showed up right on cue to dominate the Diamondbacks. Against Josh Collmenter, one of the most underrated pitchers in the league, Peavy won the duel by going 7 2/3 innings and letting up just one run, which was enough to guide the Giants to a 2-1 win and pick up some important ground in the chase for the playoffs. Peavy has overall been electric for the Giants, lowering his ERA to 2.16 after the game and improving his record to 6-4.

But the reason that Giants fans are so confident is because of the one-two punch of Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey. After dicing up the Dodgers recently, Bumgarner picked up his 18th win of the season and Posey has been simply unstoppable in the heart of the order. In his first 15 games of September, Posey is hitting an absurd.429 with excellent power numbers, showing up in the most crucial stretch of the season and making the Giants one of the most dangerous teams in the National League. With their balanced approach and some timely performances both on the mound and in the batter's box, the Giants have all kinds of confidence as they once again look to make their move towards a title.

Giants Update – Week of September 12th

Hoping to keep the Giants locked in offensively, Buster Posey has been doing more than his fair share. After ripping through August, Posey has taken it up yet another notch in September, tallying at least two hits in each of his first five games of the month, going 13-for-21 in that stretch to help the Giants buckle down their hold on a wildcard spot in the National League. With his power and run production really picking up in the second half of the season, Posey is looking every inch the MVP that he was just a couple of seasons ago.

And with Posey's stick in the heart of the order doing some major damage on pitching staffs, the rest of the Giants have responded in a big way as well, continuing a red-hot streak in which the Giants have been among the very best teams in the league since starting a winning streak on August 26th. It couldn't be coming at a better time either, as the Giants are showing that they have what it takes to play their best baseball in the most crucial spots of the season – something that the rest of the league found out during the title runs of 2010 and 2012.

This time around, the Giants are again looking like an extremely similar team to their recent world champion squads, with good pitching being the guiding point and clutch hits pushing them over the top. After winning a series against the Diamondbacks, the Giants will be looking to maintain their momentum through an intriguing set of divisional matchups, bringing them up against the Dodgers at home before getting another crack at the Diamondbacks on the road. Neck-and-neck with the Pittsburgh Pirates and in the mix with Atlanta and Milwaukee, the Giants have all the pieces in place to wrap up the season with yet another trip to the playoffs.

Giants Update – Week of September 5th

Look out for Buster Posey. Just when the Giants have needed a boost in their lineup, Posey has answered the call, putting together a terrific month of August and leading the Giants in their hunt for a playoff spot. Posey knocked in 17 RBIs while hitting six homers and batting.336 for the month, providing a major shot in the arm for the entire lineup as the Giants continue to play some inspired baseball. The production didn't stop as the calendar flipped to September, as Posey drove in seven runs in the first series of September against the Rockies to bring him to 78 on the season, making him the most productive catcher in the league behind the plate this season.

With Posey starting to carry the team offensively, the Giants have also had received a major boost from Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner had a terrific month of August as well, going 4-1 on the season with a 1.57 ERA. With two complete game shutouts in the month as well, Bumgarner seems to be completely locked in when the Giants need him the most, which gives them plenty of confidence as they come down the home stretch of the 2014 season.

What's most impressive is the way the Giants continue to respond to losing stretches. After losing a series to the Nationals near the end of August, the Giants quickly turned it around by taking three of four from the Rockies and sweeping the Brewers, bringing them right back into a great position in the playoff chase. The winning stretch also helped them to close the gap in the divisional race as well, giving them a couple of different ways to make it into the postseason this year. Though the Giants haven't looked like a powerhouse this season, they've shown the same type of formula that brought them two World Series titles, which can be very tough to beat in a series once Bumgarner and Posey are locked in.

Giants Update – Week of August 29th

With the Giants looking for some clutch performances, up steps Yusmeiro Petit. From July 26th until August 28th, Petit retired 46 consecutive batters to set a new Major League Baseball record, delivering a major boost for the Giants both in the bullpen and in the rotation. It all culminated with a nice performance against the Rockies on the 28th, as Petit went six innings and took down a win, though he did finally let up both a hit and a run. Still, Petit has been one of the brightest spots of the roster in the second half of the season, and the Giants know that they could use some more similar contributions as they look to solidify their grip on the wildcard in the N.L.

With Petit leading the way, the Giants snapped back from a series loss to the Nationals and took three out of four from the Rockies, which is exactly what they needed as the Dodgers continue to play very good baseball. The Giants know they have to play very well to catch the Dodgers, but they have all the pieces to do some serious damage coming down the home stretch and L.A. knows enough not to take the Giants lightly.

One of the reasons why, of course, is because of Madison Bumgarner, who just pitched another gem while dominating the Rockies. Bumgarner took a perfect game into the eighth inning and ended up with a complete game shutout, striking out 13 and walking zero while lowering his ERA to 3.02 and improving his record to 15-9. Though he had a rough patch or two early in the season, Bumgarner has been absolutely electric over the long haul, once again putting together one of the best pitching seasons in the league and anchoring the Giants during their playoff run. Though the Giants have a lot more games to win to get back to the playoffs, they have the inside track and the talent to do some serious damage.

Giants Update – Week of August 22nd

After a tough spell, the Giants bounced back in a very big way in recent weeks, winning a series against the Phillies and then another one against the Cubs to put them right back to the top of the wildcard standings. Though it won't be easy if they want to catch the Dodgers, anything can happen from here and the Giants are proving to be a very resilient team as they head down the home stretch. With Tim Lincecum now in the double-digits for wins and Madison Bumgarner continuing to polish up his Cy Young resume, the Giants look as dangerous as any team in the National League.

Also starting to provide a major spark in the rotation is Jake Peavy, who has shrugged off a rough couple of starts after first coming to the Giants and is now headed in the right direction. Peavy pitched gems against the White Sox and then the Cubs, notching his first two wins in a Giant uniform and showing that he has a knack for dominating teams from the Windy City. More importantly, Peavy gives the Giants another major weapon in the rotation, which could come in handy as they look to secure a postseason position.

With Peavy headed in the right direction, the rest of the Giants will need Peavy and company to continue to build the momentum in the coming weeks, as the Giants have some significant challenges ahead. After heading to D.C. to take on the Nationals, it will be home for an enormous four-game set against the Rockies and then a series against the Brewers. From there, the Giants will be back on the road to take on the Rockies and then the Tigers in a stretch that could tell fans quite a bit about their playoff chances. With the Giants showing some major signs in recent weeks, however, the Giants have the confidence to battle with any team in the league at this point.

Giants Update – Week of August 8th

Though the Dodgers have definitely shown that they're not just going to just roll over, the Giants are hanging in there despite a bit of a rough patch, as they're still very much alive for both the division title and for a wildcard berth. As we're starting to get closer to the home stretch of the season the Giants are looking to claw their way up the standings, making each and every game an important one as they hope to get right back to the postseason. Anything can happen with the game of baseball, and there is plenty of baseball left to be played as the Giants look to take their game to the next level in the crucial part of their schedule.

The Giants also are looking to prove how resilient they're capable of being, which is integral if they want to catch the Dodgers and/or hold off the Pirates and the Cardinals in the wildcard hunt. After losing a tough series to the Dodgers, the Giants were able to avoid a series sweep against the Pirates before taking three out of four in New York against the Mets – a much needed series win that helped to build their confidence. Though losing two to the Brewers didn't help any, the Giants still delivered a loss to the Brewers' ace Yovani Gallardo and showed that they can hit anyone in the league if they start to click.

There are also plenty of opportunities upcoming on the schedule. After a three-game set in Kansas City against the red-hot Royals, it will be back home to face the White Sox and the Phillies before heading to Chicago to take on the Cubs. The Giants will then have another challenge in D.C. against the Nationals, in a heated National League matchup between two prospective playoff teams. With lots still left to happen in 2014, Bay Area baseball fans are once again glued to the Giants – something that has become standard operating procedure in recent years.

Giants Update – Week of August 1

Looking to get off to a good start coming out of the gates heading into the second half, the Giants were able to do exactly that when they took the road to take on the Miami Marlins and then the Philadelphia Phillies. The Giants ended taking five of seven on the road to push them all the way into first place in the division, though it didn't end up being for all that long – this time. After the nice little winning streak, the Giants did end up having a rough series against the Dodgers, but the Dodgers-Giants rivalry is only heating up this season as both teams take aim at the playoffs.

The Giants also got a great feel for what they're made of in a recent series-capper against the Pirates. After getting swept by the Dodgers, the Giants were again against the ropes and the Pirates were looking to finish them off for a series sweep. But the Giants rallied behind their middle relief and bullpen in general to hold off the Pirates 7-5, taking advantage of a Pirates base-running mistake to seal the deal. With the Giants avoiding the sweep, they get to take a deep breath and turn it around, which is simply the nature of baseball played at the highest possible level.

After a home stand, the Giants will also have to pull together on the road, as they have one of the most brutal road stints of the season, though that's also a great opportunity to showcase to the rest of the National League what they're capable of. The Giants will head to Citi Field to take on the Mets before playing the N.L. Central-leading Brewers and then on to take on the Royals in an intriguing interleague matchup. Though the Giants have had a couple of downs to go with the mostly very strong season so far, there is still a lot of baseball left to be played as the Giants look to solidify their grasp on a postseason berth.

Giants Update – Week of July 25

Well, one of the ways to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers at bay is to come out of the All-Star break on fire, which is exactly what the Giants have done. Winning two consecutive road series, the Giants are off and running in the second half of the season, pushing themselves back into first place in the N.L. West and setting up what could be a classic divisional race as both the Dodgers and Giants gun for the top of the division. Helping in a big way, to the surprise of exactly no one, has been Madison Bumgarner, who put together two great outings already since the break to notch him his 11th and 12th wins of the season.

During their recent streak, the Giants were also glad to see Tim Hudson notch yet another dominant start, as the right-hander dished 7 1/3 strong innings against the Marlins, letting up just one earned run to give him his eighth win of the season. And with Bumgarner and Hudson back on track, not to mention the electrifying return to form of Tim Lincecum, the Giants once again are rounding into form and could be the team to beat in the entire National League.

Of course, the Giants will have to continually prove that throughout a bevy of crucial series in the second half. And one definitely will test them as they host the Los Angeles Dodgers in a huge three-game series coming up, as the Dodgers look like they could be neck-and-neck with the Giants all season long. After that, they'll stay at home to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates, another team that is right in the heart of the playoff chase in the National League. But the Giants also see this home stand as a huge opportunity to pad their lead and make their move in the N.L. West, making for some riveting baseball as the Giants look to continue to add pressure to their southern California rivals.

Giants Update – Week of July 18

With the Giants and the Dodgers going blow-for-blow at the top of the N.L. West, it simply doesn't get any better than this if you love a good divisional race.The Giants had the division lead for most of the first half of the season, though it was the Dodgers that took over and clung to a one-game lead heading into the All-Star break, where the Giants regrouped and will be again taking aim at piling up the wins and reasserting themselves in the National League. Though it definitely won't be easy, the Giants have the roster to not only make some noise in the division but to again challenge for a title, giving fans plenty of reasons for optimism heading into what should be a riveting second half.

Of course, if games are anywhere near as exciting as the last game of the first half, Giants' fans will be in for quite a treat. In a sensational game, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey both hit grand slams to topple the Diamondbacks 8-4 and send them into the All-Star break on a high note. For Bumgarner, not only did he notch his 10th win of the season but he became the first pitcher in nearly 50 years to hit two grand slams in a season. With the hit, Bumgarner has already matched his career-high in hits with 11 and has doubled his career-high in RBIs with 12, making him one of the most productive hitting pitchers in the league this season.

And the Giants will have some great opportunities to get rolling in the second half with some intriguing series right off the bat (no pun intended). The Giants will hit the road to take on the Marlins and the Phillies for a seven-game road stretch before returning to San Fran, where they'll take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a crucial three-game set before hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates to close out the month of July.

Giants Update – Week of July 11

With two All-Stars and a team in the middle of a divisional race, the Giants have all the potential in the world this season, though the Dodgers have definitely shown that it's not going to be easy. Though the Giants did, at one point, surge to the top of the division and league, they've cooled off just a tad, bringing the Dodgers neck-and-neck for the top of the N.L. West. Leading the way in their recent stretch has been Tim Lincecum, who has won each of his last three starts, which included a no-hitter against the Padres, a dominating performance against the Cardinals and then another win against the Padres.

And with Lincecum clearly heating up, the Giants know that they can beat anybody in a given series, setting up what should be an intense battle for the divisional crown this season. Also helping in a big way has been Hunter Pence, who got selected to his third All-Star game this season while leading the Giants in batting average. Pence has provided a major spark in the lineup and four other hitters have knocked in at least 35 runs on the season, showing that they have one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the league.

But the key to the first half success of the Giants has been All-Star snub Tim Hudson as well as Madison Bumgarner. While Hudson just missed out on yet another All-Star appearance, Bumgarner was selected for his second Midsummer Classic already in his bright career, putting together blistering months of May and June to reminding All-Star voters that he's one of the best young pitchers in the league. Considering he's only 24 for another couple of weeks, Bumgarner doesn't look like a young pitcher anymore, however, and he's on pace to have his best season from a wins standpoint. As the Giants look to get their pitching staff back to firing on all cylinders in the second half of the season, Giants' fans will be glued to the action as they look to once again make their move to the top of the N.L. West.

Giants Update – Week of July 4

Maybe this is how it was always supposed to be: the Giants and the Dodgers, both going head-to-head for the National League West. Though early on it seemed the Giants might just run away with the division, it looks like the Dodgers aren't going to go quietly, setting up what could be an absolutely amazing divisional race from now through the rest of the season. Even with their momentum slowed a little bit, the Giants still have fans excited about their chances once again this year, mostly thanks to one of the deepest rosters in the league and an ability to win in a variety of different ways.

Though the Giants don't have anyone putting up MVP-caliber numbers in the lineup yet this season, fans also have been treated to one of the most complete orders in the league. The Giants have four different batters who have driven in at least 36 runs on the season (Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey and Michael Morse), showing that they have the type of balance that will once again make them a very tough out if they make it back to the postseason.

But one of the biggest reasons for optimism surrounding the Giants lately is because of Tim Lincecum, the two-time Cy Young winner who has been starting to get into a little bit of a groove. Of course, it helps that Lincecum threw a no-hitter against the Padres recently, but he also followed that performance up with eight scoreless innings in his next outing, against the Cardinals. Lincecum has now won four out of his last five decisions and has been showing a return to form, giving the Giants yet another major weapon in the heart of the rotation. With the Giants heading deeper into the regular season and looking to get back to having a nice lead in the division, Giants' fans are excited as ever about their team as they look to stay right in the middle of the National League playoff picture.

Giants Update – Week of June 27

The San Francisco Giants head closer to the midway point of the regular season loaded with All-Stars playing at a very high level, ensuring that they'll be extremely well-represented at this year's Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minnesota. Not only is Buster Posey back in the running as a catcher but the Giants also have viable pitching candidates in Tim Hudson and Madison Bumgarner, who have both been instrumental in keeping the Giants atop the National League West. Bumgarner in particular is really starting to come on strong, winning eight of his last nine decisions and dropping his ERA all the way down to 2.63 on the season.

And part of the reason for the recent dip in ERA is because of his performance on June 22 against the Diamondbacks, as Bumgarner dominated Arizona in Phoenix by going eight innings without letting up an earned run and allowing only two hits in total. Dating back to mid-May, Bumgarner has also gone at least seven innings in six consecutive starts, giving the bullpen a major breather and consistently putting the Giants in a position to win on a daily basis. With Bumgarner starting to come on and Tim Hudson continuing to have a very impressive season, the Giants look like they're on their way to another divisional crown.

But the beautiful thing about the San Francisco Giants' pitching rotation is that they also have an ace up their sleeve in the form of Tim Lincecum. The two-time Cy Young winner has had a few struggles in recent seasons, but Lincecum has proven a few times this season that he can still be as good as anyone once he gets rolling. On June 25, Lincecum no-hit the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park, marking one of the most memorable moments in his entire career. Oddly enough, it was the second time that Lincecum no-hit the Padres in less than a year, with the previous no-hitter taking place in San Diego.

Giants Update – Week of June 20

A little losing streak is a great way to test the resolve of a ball club, and now the Giants get a chance to prove they have what it takes to bounce back after a short-term slide. Though the Giants' season has been a great one so far, with San Francisco's finest still at the top of the N.L. West, a few tough losses has given the Giants a need to regroup and get back to their winning ways. But the great thing about the Giants is their overall depth, which tends to go a long way in keeping losing streaks to a minimum. The Giants will also have some great opportunities to pad their lead in the division with a string of upcoming divisional matchups.

While the Giants as a whole look to get back on track, they would also love to get starting pitcher Tim Hudson onto another winning streak, as the sensational right-handed veteran still has one of the best records in the league despite a recent loss to the Chicago White Sox. Through 14 starts this season, Hudson actually has a lower ERA than any complete season he's ever had, putting him in position to wrap up the 2014 season as the best year in his brilliant career. So far, the best season in Hudson's career came in 2003, when he went 16-7 for the A's with a spectacular 2.70 ERA.

With Hudson looking to continue his unbelievable pitching and the Giants' bats looking to come alive and get them back in the win column, there is still plenty of fanfare around the Bay Area – including lots of talk about their chances at the World Series. A season of 162 games is bound to have a few challenges even for the best teams in the league, and now the Giants have the opportunity to put a rough patch behind them and then reassert themselves in the N.L. West.

Giants Update – Week of June 13

The Giants are still at it, pushing their division lead to the point that the rest of the N.L. West – if not the entire league – is wondering whether San Fran is simply going to run away with the title. With their pitching rotation clicking and their lineup putting together some clutch hits on a regular basis, it seems that nobody wants a piece of the Giants right now, as they have far and away the top record in the league and look like the early favorite to represent the National League in the World Series. Even after losing a series to the Nationals, their first series loss since early May to the Pirates, the Giants are still in great shape as they look to finish the first half of the season on a high note.

Unsurprisingly, a big factor in recent weeks has been Madison Bumgarner, who has really put it together and upped his record to 8-4 in the process. Even in his only recent loss, against the Nats on June 10, Bumgarner still pitched seven strong innings and let up just two earned runs, which usually is a win instead of a loss. With Bumgarner coming on strong and the rest of the pitching staff during their part, Giants' fans have never been more optimistic that they're going to end up taking some swings at a title by the end of the season.

The Giants will have a chance to get back to their winning ways when they take on the Rockies during a nice divisional series, then the Giants will head to the road to take on the White Sox and the Diamondbacks before coming home to take on the Padres. With an offense that is in the top 10 in runs scored, partly thanks to the red hot bat of Michael Morse and Angel Pagan, and a pitching staff that might just be the best in the league, things are looking up for the Giants in a big way in 2014.

Giants Update – Week of June 6

The wins just seem to keep on coming for the San Francisco Giants, one way or another. After rolling through Minnesota, Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati, the Giants are solidifying themselves as the team to beat in the N.L. West, opening a nice little lead that has the rest of the division wondering if they have a chance at catching up. One of the nice moments of the season so far was when the Giants headed in to St. Louis and took three out of four from the Cardinals, capping the series with an 8-0 shutout that notched Tim Hudson his sixth win of the season.

It also has been very nice to see Madison Bumgarner really starting to turn it on, as the dominant left-hander kept it going recently by cruising past the Reds in Cincinnati by pitching eight strong innings and letting up just one earned run. After struggling a bit early in the season, Bumgarner moved his record to 8-3 after winning his sixth straight decision and lowering his ERA down to 2.68. Now with some of the best numbers in the league, Bumgarner is giving the Giants a major boost in the rotation as the Giants continue to put together arguably the best pitching staff in all of Major League Baseball.

The Giants now get to settle in at home for a while as they look to continue their winning momentum. After a series against the Mets, the Giants will host the Nats for a four-game set before playing the Rockies, giving them a chance to really push the lead out as we move closer to the midway point of the season. Though Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum haven't quite pulled it all together just yet, if they start showing some major signs as well, the N.L. West could be as good as over.

Giants Update – Week of May 16

So far it's all working out for the Giants, as being in first place by mid-May is exactly where many fans around the league expected them to be. With a lead of a couple games on the Rockies, the Giants are shown the type of dominant pitching and timely hitting that has helped bring them home a couple of World Series titles in recent seasons, making them the odds-on favorite to take home the National League West. With Troy Tulowitzki off to a white hot start and leading the Rockies to some big wins and the Dodgers always lurking, the Giants will have their work cut out for them, but they also have plenty of talent that definitely has no intention of going quietly.

And the Giants showed exactly that during a recent road series against the Dodgers. Giants-Dodgers matchups are always highly anticipated, as they bring together long-time California rivals, but this time around the Giants got the better of their divisional rivals. The Giants ended up taking three of four from last year's division champs, with Lincecum, Bumgarner and Casilla all pulling out wins.

It hasn't only been about the pitching, though, as Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan have shown that they can carry an offense for stretches when they get going. Then there's always Buster Posey, who is starting to come on strong and had a recent stretch in which he racked up at least two hits in five out of eight games. With Posey starting to get into a groove and the rest of the talented lineup doing their part to back up the Giants' strong pitching staff, it's pretty clear that to win the N.L. West you'll have to take on the Giants, making San Fran's schedule sure to be one of the most closely watched in the National League the rest of the season.

Giants Update – Week of May 9

After winning 21 of their first 34 games to start the season, the Giants look like the team many fans knew them to be heading into the start of the season, with both the pitching and the batting coming around and showing that the Giants have as well-rounded an attack as any other team in the league. With big series wins against Indians, Braves (a sweep, on the road) and the Padres, the Giants seem to be firing on all cylinders and find themselves locked in a battle with the Rockies right at the top of the N.L. West standings, a place they've grown accustomed to over the years.

And a lot of it starts on the mound, which is also something that Giants' fans are used to at this point. Tim Hudson has been nothing short of brilliant so far this season, keeping his ERA just below 2.00 through his first seven starts of the season and posting a very strong 4-2 record. Madison Bumgarner has, meanwhile, taken a couple of tough losses, though he still also holds an ERA barely above 3.00 and fans know that it's only a matter of time before he turns it on. Sergio Romo has also been an absolute rock at the end of the bullpen, tallying 10 saves and two wins in his first 15 appearances of the season.

On offense, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Angel Pagan have been major spark plugs in an incredibly balanced attack, with Michael Morse also turning into a big-time run-producer by leading the team with 24 RBIs in his first 34 games of the season. With a balanced attack both at the plate and on the mound, the Giants definitely have the attention of the rest of the N.L. West as they look to continue their hot streak moving into highly anticipated series against the Dodgers, the Braves, the Marlins and the Rockies.

Giants Update – Week of April 25th

It's hard to argue with success, and the Giants are showing some major signs of life in the early going as they continue to beat up on the rest of the N.L. West. So far, the Giants have already brought down series wins against the Dodgers both at home and on the road, and they also subdued the potent Rockies offense by winning two out of three from them as well. Following some tough road games, however, the Giants find themselves right in the middle of the divisional standings as they look to conclude the first month of the season on a high note and solidify themselves as major challengers in the N.L. West.

One of the obvious spark plugs, of course, has been the excellent pitching of Tim Hudson, who put together quality starts in three of his first four outings and led the team in the early going with an ERA remaining below 2.50. Madison Bumgarner is up to his usual tricks as well, leading the team in strikeouts and holding a respectable ERA barely above 3.00 through the first five outings of the season for the ace left-hander. But it hasn't only been about the starters, though, as Jean Machi has been a menace to rallies coming out of the bullpen, winning four games to lead the team in the early going and holding an ERA right around 1.00.

And now the Giants look to close out the first month with some big wins, and they'll have plenty of opportunities to do exactly that. The Giants come back to the Bay Area for an interleague series against the Indians and then they'll stay at home to take on the Padres, who took two out of three from the Giants just a couple weeks before. With the Giants showing they have the balance to do some major damage this season, anything can happen from here.

Giants Update – Week of April 11th

After struggling to pull it all together in 2013, the Giants are back at it in 2014, which means that they're carving up offenses on the regular (again) and are already looking to put some distance between them and the rest of the competition in the N.L. West. For the Giants, they got going right away by winning three out of four on the road against the Diamondbacks, winning a wild one on opening day and then winning the last two games of the series to send them to 3-1 out of the gate. Of course, it helped that Tim Hudson immediately contributed with an absolute gem on the mound and Jean Machi even won two games out of the bullpen in the very first series of the season. From there, the Giants kept it going by winning two out of three against the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers, showing that they clearly aren't going to be backing down anytime soon as they look to round into form and make a big move up the standings this season.

But even though Madison Bumgarner has put together an early win and both Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum have shown signs of dominance, the Giants are also proving that they aren't the light-hitting team that they have occasionally been whispered to be. Not only did Brandon Belt bash five homers in his first 11 games of the season but Buster Posey, Michael Morse, Angel Pagan and Brandon Crawford have all provided a major spark in the heart of the lineup, helping the Giants achieve an early-season balance that few teams in the league can boast. Not to be left out, Bumgarner even hit a homer and drove in five RBIs in his first three at-bats of the season while also improving to 2-0 in three starts. With stars all over the field, the Giants seem to have a little bit of everything and look to be a thorn in the side of their divisional foes all season long.

2014 San Francisco Giants Schedule

One look at the schedule this season and you'll pretty much get the idea, as the Giants have another season loaded with prominent matchups against talented teams, providing a steady stream of thrills as they look to pile up the wins and once again be a major factor in the N.L. West. Not only do the Giants go up against teams like the Padres and Rockies, they also come back home to take on the Cleveland Indians to start interleague play, making for a great mix of games against division rivals and cross-league foes that the Giants don't often get to dig in against. Once you're there watching the big game the way it was meant to be seen, you'll definitely understand loud and clear what all the buzz is about.

Of course, no matter who else is on the schedule, the Giants always look forward to any time that the Los Angeles Dodgers come into the Bay Area to take to the diamond at AT&T Park. The Dodgers were able to win the National League West championship last season thanks to their incredible collection of talent, and the Giants will be looking for revenge all season long. A few big wins against the Dodgers could go a long way into injecting this team with the confidence that it needs to get back to the playoffs and make another run at a World Championship. Home or away, the Giants have plenty of big-time matchups that provide a little something for everybody, and you never know when you're going to see a jaw-dropping Giant win that has them shooting up the standings and you talking a long time after the final pitch.

San Francisco Giants Team Info

The San Francisco Giants play in the National League West division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies. The Giants followed up their 2012 World Championship with a bit of a slumping season, compared to their standards, but now they have another talented pitching roster led by Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain and a powerful lineup with Buster Posey right in the middle of it. The Giants were unable to find their stride in 2013 and ended up finishing in third place in the N.L. West and missing the playoffs, but now they have renewed aspirations in a promising season that is sure to have everyone talking about their playoff chances all over the Bay Area once again this year.

The MLB Experience

If you've never been to a Major League Baseball game in person, then you've been sorely missing out as a sports fan. The San Francisco Giants are ready to take the field and face some of the best teams in baseball this season, and you can be there to cheer them on from your very own seat in the stadium. Being there to see all the action unfold in person is an experience that every baseball fan should strive to do on regular basis, and that's what the most loyal Giants fans around do each and every season. Join them in the stands this year and see why so many people around the country head to their local stadiums to see their favorite teams.

San Francisco Giants History

The San Francisco Giants franchise was formed in 1883 as the New York Gothams. The team changed its name to the Giants in 1885 and eventually moved to San Francisco in 1958. At one point in time, when still in New York, the Giants were one of three different teams that called the city home. The Giants have won an amazing 22 pennants over the course of their history, as well as seven World Series titles. But the best part about the Giants history is that some of their very best seasons have gone down relatively recently. With World Series titles in both 2010 and 2012, the Giants reminded everyone that it's pitching that wins in the postseason, and they put together a string of brilliant pitching performances in both title runs and brought the hardware back to San Francisco in dramatic fashion.

San Francisco Giants Trivia

Did you know that Willie Mays hit 660 total home runs?

Even though he wasn't in the live ball era, Mays had no problem taking pitchers out of the yard, as he did it an incredible 660 different times throughout his brilliant career. There's a reason why Mays still comes up all the time as one of the greatest players to ever put on a uniform, as Mays was a terror in the batter's box, on the base paths and even in the outfield, where he had some of the most memorable catches in Major League Baseball history. Add it all up and you get a legend who dominated as much on the ball diamond as anyone else including legends like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and more, solidifying him on the Mount Rushmore of baseball icons whose legacy only seems to continue to grow.

The Fans

Fans of Major League Baseball are some of the most dedicated and passionate sports fans in the United States of America, and that's something you will see for yourself when you head to AT&T Park to see the San Francisco Giants take on a worthy opponent. The crowd is sure to be pumped up to see their beloved Giants play the game, and there's an electricity in the venue that is undeniable. Be there amongst the most passionate Giants fans this season when you're favorite player makes a diving catch to save the game, or be there to witness a towering home run that makes all the difference in a contest.

But the great part about Major League Baseball is that seeing your favorite team on the road is also a great option, as watching your team hit the diamond away from home can provide an entirely new perspective that every fan needs to see sooner or later. Come out and see a great game on the road and you'll see that Giants' fans are as well-traveled as anybody, providing the perfect backdrop for a big game no matter the venue.

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