San Francisco Giants: 5 Bold Predictions for the Stretch Run

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San Francisco Giants: 5 Bold Predictions for the Stretch Run
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First, San Francisco lost closer Brian Wilson at the start of the season. Then they found out Tim Lincecum lost his mojo.

Still, the Giants, who have relied heavily on their pitching in recent years, managed to stay competitive this season through mix of improved offense, a deep bullpen and a rotation so deep that it hardly mattered if the team's two-time Cy Young winner wasn't himself.

Then came the biggest bomb of the season: The team's leading hitter, Melky Cabrera, was suspended for the rest of the regular season for enhancing his performance in an unacceptable manner.

However, not even that punch to the gut has slowed the Giants. In fact, they've actually improved their record since Melky's exile.

With so much adversity proving not to be, well, all that adverse, the Giants are showing no signs of stumbling in light of the most recent challenge: recent efforts by the Dodgers—their fiercest rival and greatest obstacle to winning the division title this year—to assemble a super team.

They might not have a true closer, nor their ace of yesteryear or their leading hitter from earlier this year. But the Giants, just two years removed from a World Series title, have plenty going for them as they head into the final month of the season with a division title in sight. 

Here are five predictions of things to come as the Giants charge toward the playoffs.

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