Players dropping like flies. A four-game division lead evaporating into a two-game deficit in less than a month.
And just over a month to go.
Which San Francisco Giants are most important to their drive—wobbly as it may be at the moment—for a spot in the 2011 postseason?
Fair to say that something meaningful will be required from everyone on the Giants' dangerously creaky roster. And with so many key performers unavailable, even that might not be enough to hold off the Diamondbacks.
My recipe for September success goes something like this:
- More offense from a couple of spots
- Tighter defense from a couple of others
- Late-season turnarounds from two pitchers
- And an injection of energy from a 2010 hero.
All of that can be accomplished by seven players (and trainer Dave Groeschner, who hasn't slept in two weeks). Here they are.