1st-Quarter Grades for San Francisco Giants

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1st-Quarter Grades for San Francisco Giants
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For a team returning with essentially the same core that helped it win the 2012 World Series, the San Francisco Giants didn't have high expectations heading into the 2014 season—or really any expectations, for that matter.

Though the skepticism was warranted given the team's struggles last season, it's not particularly surprising that the Giants have managed to jump out to such a hot start because they've been able to avoid their Achilles' heel—injuries—which led them to a 76-86 finish last season.

The lack of severe injuries (Brandon Belt's recent thumb fracture notwithstanding) combined with breakout performances from players who weren't supposed to be more than average, lower-middle-of-the-lineup hitters (e.g., Michael Morse)—let alone even make the big league roster (e.g., Brandon Hicks)—have contributed to a 25-14 start that's put the Giants atop the NL West.

Let's take a look at who has been responsible for the team's hot start and where the Giants can improve.


Statistics accurate for games through May 12.

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