How San Francisco Giants Offense Has Evolved into One of NL's Best

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How San Francisco Giants Offense Has Evolved into One of NL's Best
Ben Margot/Associated Press

Even after losing three of four at home to the Washington Nationals, the San Francisco Giants own baseball's best record.

In fact, at 43-24, they're off to the best start in the San Francisco era—better than both 2010 and 2012. But unlike those charmed seasons, which resulted in orange confetti cascading down on Market Street, they're doing it with their bats as much as their arms. 

Entering play Friday, the Giants ranked third in the National League in runs scored with 290. Last season, when they finished 76-86, they ranked 10th.

Funny thing, though—San Francisco didn't undergo a major offseason overhaul. In fact, they brought back six of eight position-player starters from the 2013 team and didn't sign any top-tier free-agent hitters.

So how are they doing it? What's the formula that's transformed the formerly punchless Giants into something approaching an offensive juggernaut? Let's take a swing...

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