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Second-Half Predictions for Every San Francisco Giants Player
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With the San Francisco Giants’ season almost at its halfway point, much will need to change if the club hopes to make the playoffs and defend their championship crown.

After being swept by the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, the Giants are two games below .500 and looking rather shell-shocked.

While it’s true that injuries have played a big role in the team’s struggles, the return of Pablo Sandoval and the surprising performance of Gregor Blanco should—in theory—help the club stay afloat until some new talent is brought in at the trade deadline.

But the bullpen—staffed with mostly Triple-A arms—has quickly become a blowup waiting to happen. Unfortunately for the Giants, that blowup has happened more often than not.

So what needs to change for the Giants in they want to avoid missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons (both after a World Series victory, nonetheless)?

First, the bullpen needs to improve. Until general manager Brian Sabean can work his magic and acquire a relief arm or two, the current members of the staff will simply need to pitch better.

Second, the starting pitchers will need to pitch deep into games on a consistent basis.

Third, the offense will need to avoid going into major slumps for extended periods.

The formula is simple. But can the Giants put it all together and play good baseball in the second half?

Here’s a player-by-player prediction of what I think will happen.

* All statistics courtesy of MLB.com

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