2011 San Francisco Giants: 5 Unexpectedly Good Performances by Giants Players

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2011 San Francisco Giants: 5 Unexpectedly Good Performances by Giants Players
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The 2010 San Francisco Giants won the World Series on the strength of their excellent home-grown starting pitching, lights-out bullpen and clutch (if not overwhelming) offense.

This year, as the champs do their best to stage a repeat, they're going to have to step it up even further, facing the likes of the Phillies Big Four pitchers, the surging Diamondbacks and the always-dangerous Rockies.

Still, tell any Giants fan that Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain are having good years, and they'll shrug and say "yeah, what else is new?" Mention that Brian Wilson has converted 20/22 saves this year, and hasn't given up a run since May 18th, and they'll yawn.

We're truly spoiled this year, so I'd like to mention five players who managed to fly under the radar, but whose great play on the field has helped keep this team in first place. 

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