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Grading the Giants Two Months After Losing Buster Posey

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Grading the Giants Two Months After Losing Buster Posey
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Two months ago, the entire season for the defending world champions appeared to be in doubt after the loss of arguably the most important everyday leader of the club, catcher Buster Posey.

When news broke that the injury to Posey in a home-plate collision on May 25 would cost him the remainder of the 2011 season, many saw the Giants as a team on the brink of falling out of relevance, given the weakness of the offense without its clean-up hitter and the damage to morale that would likely result after the loss of the team's quiet but confident leader.

The Giants have surprised everyone.

They find themselves atop the National League Western Division with a 59-43 record as they head into an NLCS rematch with the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Given that the Posey injury will certainly be remembered as a crucial turning point of the season, whatever its outcome, here's a report card of how the club has fared in the two months since the loss of their unofficial captain.

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