San Francisco Giants: 5 Surprising Trends as the Giants Race Toward the Pennant

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San Francisco Giants: 5 Surprising Trends as the Giants Race Toward the Pennant
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You can never have too much of a good thing. Well, for the San Francisco Giants in 2011, every time they got a good thing going for them, something else seemed to fall apart down the assembly line. 

Just when the pitching staff looked stronger than ever with the emergence of Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito and Jonathan Sanchez put the No. 5 slot in the starting rotation in question.

The offense looked better than ever with the return of the 2009 Kung–Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval. Then, all seemed lost with season-ending injuries to Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez. 

After Carlos Beltran was acquired as a measure to make a serious run at the postseason, he lasted just 11 games before being injured. 

The defending champs' season has come into question as a result of an unfortunate series of events. 

Here are five trends that may determine the relevance of San Francisco in the pennant race.

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