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San Francisco Giants: Have We Hit Rock-Bottom Yet? 5 Clues (Updated)
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Fans are as queasy as Sandoval (pictured, above)

Yeeech.

Losing three of four in Atlanta was disappointing. 

Losing a series to the hapless, last-place Houston Astros over the weekend was disappointing. But a 4-6 road trip was assuaged by Sunday's 6-4 win, highlighted by homers from Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval.

Both multi-run homers, no less.  

The week seemed to hit rock-bottom Thursday, when the Panda injured his left shoulder swinging the bat in Atlanta. Then, the punchless world champs lost twice to the Astros.

Sandoval's insistence on returning to the lineup Saturday while still obviously hobbled was heroic, and could (fingers crossed) in retrospect be a turnaround moment for the Giants. Maybe. 

Atlanta swept Arizona, and the Giants NL West deficit as of Monday was just a game-and-a-half. A silver lining to a cloudy week, if nothing more. 

Silver linings aside, Brian Wilson has gone on the 15-day disabled list, Carlos Beltran continues his Greta Garbo routine ("leave me alone until I can swing from both sides"), and the Giants lack a healthy fifth starter.

What now? Here are five things to watch for as the Giants prepare for a lengthy homestand. 

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