After the Arizona Diamondbacks swept the San Francisco Giants in the first series of the 2012 season, the two division rivals will face off again this weekend in Phoenix, AZ. But if the Giants want to beat the Diamondbacks this time around, they're going to need to make some adjustments.
The two teams are currently going through a similar phase at the moment: hovering around .500 and trying to stay afloat after losing some key players to injuries.
And on the Giants' side of the ball, injuries aren't the only reason they aren't playing as well as they should.
It all boils down to fundamentals. The Giants are simply playing sloppy baseball, and unless that changes, it's going to be a long season for the Orange and Black.
The Giants rely on stellar pitching from both the rotation and bullpen, excellent defense and timely hitting in order to win baseball games. And when the Giants struggle to excel in more than one of those aspects during every single game, I'd say it's a damn miracle that they're only one game below .500.
Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News wrote an excellent article summing this up nicely, which can be read here.
That said, here's a list of five adjustments the Giants need to make in order to beat the slumping Diamondbacks.