Ranking the 10 Biggest Reasons San Francisco Giants Season Has Derailed

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Ranking the 10 Biggest Reasons San Francisco Giants Season Has Derailed
Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
Manager Bruce Bochy (left) and catcher Buster Posey (right) can do little to help San Francisco's 2013 chances.

2012 was a blissful year for the San Francisco Giants.

2013 has turned into a year to forget.

One season removed from their second World Series championship in three years, the Giants have gone from the top of the baseball world to the cellar of the National League West.

It has been a hard fall to watch. 

San Francisco's demise would have been hard to predict as the team entered spring training. The Giants retained the majority of the roster that carried them through the playoffs en route to the four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.

When the season started, making the playoffs once more in 2013 might as well have been a foregone conclusion.

Yet as any baseball pundit can point out, each season is different regardless of how a team is composed.  Stars one year can turn into busts the next. Injuries take their toll. 

Nonetheless, the 2013 season has turned into an abomination for the Giants. 

It will likely be a season that San Francisco and its fans would like to forget. Yet analyzing the specifics behind what went wrong will be key to forging future success as the team plans to retool for next year.

There are plenty of reasons behind the Giants' demise. 

Contained herein are ten elements that epitomized San Francisco's fall from grace. Most of these affected the team over the long-term and should be categorized as chronic problems. Some were unforeseen circumstances that would have been tough for any team to endure.  A few, like the injury to leadoff hitter Angel Pagan, were so critical that they cannot be overlooked.

If the Giants want to move beyond 2013 and prepare for next season, they will have to carefully examine the reasons behind their failures this year.

Here are ten of them.

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