The fact that the San Francisco Giants finished the first half 12 games above .500 is no fluke.
Despite having the third-worst offense in the league based on runs scored and the second-worst offense based on OPS, the defending world champs went into the All-Star break in first place in the NL West, with a healthy three-game lead over the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks.
Three of the Giants' five All-Stars came from the pitching rotation, which was well-deserved. Through Wednesday's game, the rotation has a 3.19 ERA and has earned quality starts in 65 out of their 99 starts.
Still, with the Ryan Vogelsong far outperforming expectations and the uncertainty of Jonathan Sanchez and Barry Zito, the rotation is in a bit of flux.
Here is how I see the ideal starting rotation coming out of the All-Star break.