San Francisco Giants: 5 Biggest Keys to Winning in the NL Playoffs

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San Francisco Giants: 5 Biggest Keys to Winning in the NL Playoffs
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Buster Posey is a leading candidate for the NL MVP

The San Francisco Giants have the look of a playoff team. With a magic number of five and 13 games remaining on their schedule, the NL West crown is within sight.

The Giants have played great ball down the stretch. Since the Melky Cabrera suspension and the Giants' subsequent loss at home to Washington on August 15, the team has gone 22-9. The suspension of Cabrera seemed to pull the team closer, and several players have stepped up.

As we look forward to the playoffs, there will be several keys to the Giants' success in the postseason. For the purposes of this article, I will stay away from the completely obvious and look a bit deeper.

We all know that the Giants' starting pitching needs to be stellar and that the closer-by-committee approach that manager Bruce Bochy has employed needs to work. In addition, we also know that Buster Posey needs to stay hot and produce for the Giants to have a chance to make a deep run in the playoffs.

So, if we acknowledge those obvious keys, let's take a deeper look at what else needs to happen for the Giants to make another run at a World Series title. 

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