Major League Baseball's official midway point has come and gone and it's time to get back to baseball that actually counts.
The San Francisco Giants have had their fair share of torture over the course of the season's first 88 games. The much-maligned offense has, for the most part, lived up to expectations and struggled to put runs on the board consistently.
But, it's not all bad by the Bay. There have been plenty of surprises—a career minor leaguer becoming one of the most valuable players in 2010 and a former slugger rebounding from his worst season ever. The starting pitching, for the most part, has been close to being as good as it was last season.
Despite their offensive shortfalls, the Giants find themselves just four games out of first place in the logjam that is the National League West.
Will the Giants have enough magic to get into the playoffs? There's still a lot to prove in the season's second half.
As is customary during the three-day break in action, looking back at what has taken place during the first half is going on all over the place. In this case, it's looking back at something that was written before the Giants reported to camp this spring.
In the same order as the first time around, this is a midseason review of 10 story lines that were thrown out there before the 2010 San Francisco Giants season started.