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Giants players pose with the trophy they received after winning the 2010 NLCS.
In 2010, the Giants were expected to miss the playoffs. With just over a month left in the season, they trailed the first-place Padres by 6.5 games. Then, magic happened.
San Francisco won the division on the last day of the season, and then they beat the Braves 3-1 in an NLDS featuring four one-run games. They shocked the Phillies in the NLCS, winning Game 6 on a go-ahead home run by Juan Uribe. Finally, they beat the Rangers 4-1 to capture the city of San Francisco's first World Series championship.
The Giants are hoping to repeat that same run this year, but I don't know if it will happen.
The Washington Nationals are looking very, very strong, and I think they will win it all. However, with a playoff rotation of Lincecum, Bumgarner, Vogelsong and Cain, I think San Francisco is the NL's second-best team. Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey lead an offense that is probably better than the team's 2010 offense.
I think the Giants will pass the Dodgers, who have very little offense, and hold off the D-Backs in a tight NL West race. With an improved offense and the real Tim Lincecum back, the Giants will win one playoff series before falling short in the NLCS.
San Francisco fields a deep team, and if everything comes together at the right time, they can win it all. However, after watching the Nationals sweep the Giants right before the All-Star break, I don't think the Giants would beat the Nats if it came down to those two teams.