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San Francisco Giants: Jonathan Sanchez and 5 Players That Need to Step Up
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The San Francisco Giants are at a critical junction in their season. After a strong first half, the team has encountered recent misfortune. 

The misfortune has been an inability to perform and win games.

In their last 13 attempts, San Francisco has won just three. They have lost four-straight series, including one to the division-rival Arizona Diamondbacks. The Giants have surrendered their NL West lead for the first time since July 25. 

This team is at a pivotal turning point. If they cannot reverse their recent skid, they will slip onto a downhill path that may lead to the elimination of a postseason appearance. 

On August 12, the Giants will embark on a 10-day, three-series road trip. They will face Florida, Atlanta and Houston. They are now a half game out of first place in the NL West. 

San Francisco certainly has all the right pieces to win this division. If the Giants can make the postseason, the pitching staff will carry them through the playoffs.

However, there are players at every position on this team that must step up if the Giants are going to be serious about contending.

Here are the five players whose performances will be urgently important, down the stretch and in upcoming games. 

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