With the 2011 MLB Season winding down in just under two months, the race for the NL West is in full force. Despite numerous injuries and low expectations for the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, after a rough start they have finally seemed to have gotten it together, but sit just a half game up on division rival Arizona Diamondbacks. If the postseason were to start today, the second-place Arizona team wouldn't be there, as it sits 4.5 games behind the Wild Card leading Atlanta Braves. So it's pretty clear how important it is for the Giants to win the West.
It's going to be a very tight race down the stretch, which includes the Giants having two more series against the Diamondbacks in September. In order to ensure that the Giants, not the Diamondbacks, will be in the Fall Classic, there are certain things they will need to do and count on happening.