One should never count their chickens before they've hatched, as a lot can change in September.
The Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves each had bigger leads at this time last season than the Giants have now, and they both collapsed down the stretch—losing on the final day of the season to miss the playoffs entirely.
Looking back to 2010, when the Giants won the World Series for the first time since moving west, the San Diego Padres had the edge in late August. Then, the Padres lost 10 straight games between August 26 and Sept. 5, blowing most of their 5.5 game lead over the Giants.
When the Padres visited the Giants on the final weekend of the season, they needed a sweep to force a one-game playoff back in San Diego. The Padres won the first two games, but Jonathan Sanchez delivered five shut-out innings, hit a triple and scored a run as San Francisco took the season's final game. Buster Posey sealed the win with a solo home run.
The Giants rode that NL West-clinching win into the postseason where they beat the Atlanta Braves in four games, the Philadelphia Phillies in six and the Texas Rangers in five to bring the franchise its first championship since 1954.
While the 2012 team has a long way to go to bring the franchise another title, there are at least five similarities between it and the 2010 World Series team.
One thing is for certain: the 2010 team had a great vibe to it down the stretch, and while this year's team appears to have replaced the frat boy fun of Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell with the more serious demeanor of Posey, confidence is oozing out of AT&T Park once again.