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If Pitching and Defense Win Championships, Giants Need to Stand Pat

I'll tell you what, although watching Albert Pujols hit two gigantic bombs last night was exciting, I would still much rather watch Jeremy Affeldt's intense celebrations after clutch double plays.

And I'll tell you another thing: Nobody would have predicted that come the dawn of July, the team with the second-best winning percentage in the National League would be 26th in runs scored, third to last (28th) in home runs, and dead last in walks.

However, for as putrid as those numbers may seem, the Giants would be in the playoffs if the season ended today.

Clearly, the reason for their success is their pitching and defense.

San Francisco ranks second in team ERA with a 3.61 mark, just .01 behind the division-leading Dodgers.

Led by Tim Lincecum's 132...

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