10 Keys to Success in NL West for the San Francisco Giants:

Joe CasoloCorrespondent IMay 9, 2009

10 Keys to Success in NL West for the San Francisco Giants:

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    SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 21:  Pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants follows the ball during a Major League Baseball game against the Chicago Cubs on August 21, 2007 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images

Key No. 1: Keeping Bengie Healthy

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16:  Bengie Molina #1 of the San Francisco Giants warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Key No. 2: A Repeat Perfomance from Tim Lincecum

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    SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 08:  Pitcher Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates after receiving his 2008 Cy Young award before his game against the Milwaukee Brewers at a Major League Baseball game on April 8, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco

Key No. 3: Zito Must

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    NEW YORK - JULY 10: Barry Zito #75 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the New York Mets on July 10, 2008 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Giants 7-3. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/

Key No. 4: Unlikely Run Production from Ishikawa

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13:  Travis Ishikawa #10 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 13, 2009 at Dodger Stadiium in Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers won 11-1.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Key No. 5: Sandoval Taming the Hot Corner

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    SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 02:  Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants dives for a ball hit by Garrett Atkins of the Colorado Rockies out on May 2, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Key No. 6: Aaron Rowand

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21:   Aaron Rowand #33 of the San Francisco Giants waits on deck during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  The Giants defeated the Dodgers in 11 innings

Key No. 7: Randy Johnson's Influence

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13:  Pitcher Randy Johnson #51 of the San Francisco Giants takes the mound during the game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 13, 2009 at Dodger Stadiium in Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers won 11-1.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn

Key No. 8: Getting All Fred Lewis Can Give

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    SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 3:  Fred Lewis #14 of the San Francisco Giants leads off base against the Chicago Cubs during a Major League Baseball game on July 3, 2008 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Key No. 9: Two Good Halves of Baseball from Sanchez

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    MILWAUKEE - APRIL 4: Jonathan Sanchez #53 of the San Francisco Giants winds up to deliver a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the Opening Day game on April 4, 2008 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

And Finally Key No. 10: Keeping the Head Scratching to a Minumum

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16:  Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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