2013 was almost bound to be disappointing given the sky-high standards set by the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants.
Coming off of a postseason where everything came together—the rotation, bullpen, offense—the 2013 squad had high expectations. And with a lineup returning MVP Buster Posey, ace Matt Cain and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, the Giants were bursting with potential.
However, struggling starting pitching and periodically anemic offense left the Giants barely over .500 more than a third of the way into the season. The National League West as a whole has not done much better, and the Giants are in third place, 1.5 games behind the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Giants have managed to stay in contention, despite major disappointments from key players.