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Giants skidding at the wrong time: A fan’s take
On June 19, the San Francisco Giants wrapped up a three-game series with the Oakland A's, but the result wasn't too great—the A's swept the Giants. The team is currently on a four-game losing streak and is only a half-game ahead of Arizona for the NL West lead. Such news isn't too good for a team that has struggled at the plate throughout the season already. Sure, every team will go through its skids each season, but the Giants are choosing a very bad time to perform lousy.
San Francisco is about to face some challenges.
A Change in Competition
A few weeks ago, the upcoming series with the Twins and then the Indians would have seemed simple. Both teams were struggling a bit. Now, though, the Twins are winners of their last seven straight games, while Cleveland still leads the AL Central. With that in mind, San Francisco isn't just going to walk through its next two series. The team could soon find itself in second place rather than tied for first. No, it's not the end of the world if the Giants aren't leading the division all season, but San Francisco will have problems playing catch-up this season without offense.
Arizona Won't Let Up
The Arizona Diamondbacks aren't giving the Giants any breathing room because the two teams have been locked in a battle for the NL West lead all season. Of course, San Francisco has held sole possession of first place longer than Arizona. Nevertheless, the 2010 Padres showed us all that it doesn't matter how long you hold on to a division—you can lose it all pretty quickly. Only a few games have formed the divide between San Francisco and Arizona all season, so the competition is thick. One team struggling for too long gives the other a prime opportunity to take a lead and stick with it.
What's going to happen?
Undoubtedly, the Giants need to recover from this small slump with some wins. Minnesota might just keep the Giants on a losing slide for at least three more games; Cleveland won't make things any easier. To solve its problems, San Francisco should consider making some trades before the deadline or at least switching things up in some other way. Hopefully, San Francisco will still hold the NL West by the time the All-Star break comes around. Still, the Giants couldn't be struggling at a worse time. Getting to the postseason in its current form might prove a difficult task for the San Francisco Giants.
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