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8-5 in last 13, 13-12 in August
From a record standpoint, the Giants are actually trending up heading into September, but that is thanks in large part to series against the Phillies, Cubs and Rockies.
Those matchups have helped them average 4.2 runs per game in August, as the offense has come to life behind big months from Buster Posey (.917 OPS, 14 RBI) and Hunter Pence (.827 OPS, 17 RBI), among others.
However, this team is still far from bouncing back to the level it was at when it opened the season at a blistering 42-21, building up a 9.5-game lead in the NL West in the process.
That lead has since turned into a 4.5-game deficit, as the Los Angeles Dodgers have sat atop the division since July 26.
The starting trio of Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy and Tim Hudson has been terrific of late, but Ryan Vogelsong remains inconsistent, and the team finally pulled the trigger on moving Tim Lincecum out of the rotation.
He joins a bullpen that ranks third in the MLB with a 2.79 ERA but has struggled with consistency on an individual basis. Just as Sergio Romo has returned to form, Jeremy Affeldt (8.64 ERA) and Santiago Casilla (4.15 ERA) have struggled in August. Yusmeiro Petit has been bumped up to take Lincecum's spot in the rotation.
However, it's their remaining schedule that could be the biggest roadblock to securing a playoff spot.
Despite the fact that the NL West has just two teams with winning records on the season, the Giants are only 28-25 on the year against division foes. Add to that non-division series with a pair of contenders in the Brewers and Tigers, and it's no cake walk for San Francisco the rest of the way.
The front-runners to land the two NL wild-card spots at this point look to be the Cardinals/Brewers, Braves and Giants. Based on remaining schedule, the Giants look like the No. 3 team in that group heading into the final month.
All stats and record information courtesy of Baseball-Reference, and current through Thursday, Aug. 28.