Although the San Francisco Giants had a very similar record at the same point in 2010, they did not have the added pressure of being the defending World Series champions.
Now, in 2011, every game and every play is scrutinized by fans and analysts trying to see if last year's most surprising team can have a repeat performance.
After the sweep of the Colorado Rockies over the weekend, the Giants are sitting just one game back of first place in the division. However, there is still a lot of baseball to be played, and if San Francisco wants to maintain control in the West, they will need to work on more than just a few aspects of the game.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the specific areas that the champs must focus on heading towards the All-Star break.