The San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010 with a team that came together at just the right time and essentially breezed through the playoffs. There were no elimination games in any series, and the World Series was in-hand from the fifth inning of the first game.
That’s the beauty of the playoffs: If everything goes right, a team can go from backing into the playoffs to being World Champions in as few as 11 games.
The beauty of the regular season, though, is that it takes 162 games to see whether or not your team can back into (or storm into) the playoffs. Last season, it appeared that everything that could possibly go wrong for the Giants did so, and the end result was disappointment as the Arizona Diamondbacks handily overtook the Giants for the NL West crown.
Here are 10 things that must go "right" in order for the Giants to win the NL West. And one other thing.