Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence and Buster Posey, the heart of the Giants order, have each endured prolonged slumps. Pence and particularly Sandoval started slow, though both have since gotten hot, and Posey has battled back issues that have hampered his production.
Yet the Giants keep hitting—and winning—thanks in part to a cast of unlikely contributors.
Brandon Hicks, a minor league free agent who made the team and cracked the starting lineup because of Marco Scutaro's lingering back injury, has added an infusion of power with eight home runs. (He's also hitting a pedestrian .183, fueling speculation that the Giants may trade for a second baseman before the deadline.)
Backup catcher Hector Sanchez has seen increased at-bats since Belt's injury, with Posey logging time at first, and has driven in 23 runs, including two in Thursday's sweep-avoiding win over Washington.
Speedy fourth outfielder Gregor Blanco, mostly known for his glove, has hit .390 since May 25 after a slow start.
And others who were barely on the radar at the start of spring training have chipped in, including left-fielder Tyler Colvin, who was called up when Belt went down and has posted a .782 OPS.
The fringe contributions could disappear overnight. Right now they're the equivalent of found money—and the Giants are enjoying an embarrassment of riches.