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5 Issues the San Francisco Giants Must Resolve If They Want to Make the Playoffs
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Brian Sabean eyes the market as the trading deadline approaches.

The San Francisco Giants are one of the top three teams in the National League when playing at home.  With a .619 win percentage, they often look unstoppable in the comforts of AT&T Park and the odds-on favorites to win their division. 

Then they go on the road. If the Giants would’ve just been able to play .500 baseball on the road in the first half, they would currently be in first place by a game and a half.

Instead, the Giants logged a 20-24 record away from San Francisco and currently sit out of the playoff race if play began today. While it’s just a couple of games that separate the teams, the Giants will have to improve their level of play on the road if they want to be one of the five teams headed to the postseason, let alone win the division. 

Leading up to the All-Star break, the Giants had a seven-game homestand, followed by a six-game road trip that essentially was a snapshot of the their strengths and weaknesses. At home, the Giants went 5-2, threw four straight shutouts and drove in runs by stringing together base hits and clutch hitting. 

Additionally, their bullpen was outstanding. They battled two first place teams, including sweeping the Dodgers to move into first place. 

When they took the momentum of their great homestand to open a series against the Washington Nationals, they fell flat on their face. After only allowing 10 runs during the seven games at home, the Giants pitching staff gave up 45 runs in the six game on the road. 

Starters wilted in the heat, the pen contributed very little relief and the Giants offense was outmatched in their ability to drive the ball out of the ballpark. 

With 37 of the remaining 76 games on the road, including trips to Atlanta, Philly and St Louis, the Giants will need to rectify many of their current shortcomings that have been evident all year, but were magnified on their last road. 

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