The defending champs have fallen in the NL West. While they were able to hang on to first place in the NL West for most of the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have become an obstacle in reaching the postseason. They now have a 2.5 game lead on the Giants.
San Francisco is not the team that they were in 2010, due to injury and regression. However they still have one of the best pitching staffs in the majors, and are serious contenders.
While offense continues to plague the team, it is key that certain players perform and contribute. These are players that need to make an impact now, or when they return from injury if the Giants are going to make the postseason.