5 Pitches the San Francisco Giants Need to Make the MLB Playoffs in 2012

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5 Pitches the San Francisco Giants Need to Make the MLB Playoffs in 2012
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Giants Pitching Coach Dave Righetti

As every baseball fan knows, the strength of the San Francisco Giants lies in the team's exceptional pitching staff, as good or better than any in baseball with the possible exception of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Most analysis of the Giant pitching staff starts with the pitchers themselves, which of course makes perfect sense. Yet at the elite level we are talking about here, the difference between success and failure often boils down to the effectiveness of a pitcher's "out" pitch—the pitch they depend on at big moments against tough hitters.

In the slides that follow, we'll take a look at five such pitches, the effectiveness of which may determine the Giants' success in 2012.

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