4 Things San Francisco Giants Must Do to Catch Diamondbacks in Playoff Chase

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4 Things San Francisco Giants Must Do to Catch Diamondbacks in Playoff Chase
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Bruce Bochy isn't out of options—but they're narrowing.

There's still time for the San Francisco Giants to win the NL West title.

Yes. There. Is. Still. Time.

Repeat that over a cold beverage, and catch my next piece in the morning.

Seriously. Even after splitting the first six games of a critical 12-game home stand and slipping four games behind Arizona.

Four weeks, 28 games—six against Arizona. There's still time.

For one thing, San Francisco is chasing Arizona, not Philadelphia. These D-Backs haven't yet survived the heat of a pennant race. The Giants have.

For another, the Giants are still winning their share of one-run, low-scoring games. That takes pitching, and that can keep a club—even one this offensively inept—in the race.

But there is a catch: Manager Bruce Bochy needs to discard some tendencies and embrace a few others.

Will he? Won't he? Who knows?

Here's my take on four things that must happen for the Giants to stay in contention.

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