The 2011 Giants have fought through a lot of adversity as they attempt to defend their World Series title. They have suffered major, significant injuries, struggled through offensive inequities, and yet they still sit in first place in the NL West as of Aug. 7.
As baseball heads into the home stretch and the elite teams prepare for the playoffs, the Giants will have to scrape and claw down to the wire once again. The NL West is a very weak division, but the upstart Arizona Diamondbacks are breathing down the Giants necks.
For a part of the summer, it seemed like a forgone conclusion that the Giants were going to make the playoffs. Whether that was because Arizona was hard to take seriously at first or because despite all they have faced the Giants just kept winning is irrelevant now.
The Giants could conceivably miss out on the playoffs this year, and here are the top eight ways that could happen.