San Francisco Giants: Reviewing the Regular Season for NL West Champs

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San Francisco Giants: Reviewing the Regular Season for NL West Champs
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Winning the World Series two years ago spoiled San Francisco Giants fans to some extent. If nothing else, it created higher expectations for the franchise.

If the Giants don't win the World Series this year, that will qualify as something of a disappointment in the minds of many. However, regardless of what happens in the smaller sample size of the postseason, the Giants regular season is something the franchise has reason to be proud of.

Over the long, brutal grind of the 162-game season, the Giants survived the losses of closer Brian Wilson, second baseman Freddy Sanchez, two injuries to Pablo Sandoval and the suspension of Melky Cabrera for the stretch run.

The team received 160 starts from its five starters, which is only the fourth time that's happened in Major League Baseball since the advent of the five-man rotation. The durability and consistency of the rotation, plus the MVP performance of Buster Posey, carried the Giants to a run-away division title.

They finished with 94 wins, the most the franchise has had since 2003 when they won 100 games. Those 94 wins tied the Atlanta Braves for the third best record in the National League and fourth best overall along with the cross-bay rival Oakland A's.

Let's take a look at how the Giants put together such a remarkable regular season with a few days left before the postseason kicks into gear.

All stats used in this article are taken from ESPN.com and FanGraphs.com.

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