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San Francisco Giants: Changes the team should make to keep up its winning ways

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May 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) greets outfielders Nori Aoki (23) Gregor Blanco (7) and Angel Pagan (16) after they defeated the Los Angeles Angels at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants, owners of a 9-2 record since the All-Star break, are hot on the heels of the Dodgers, only half a game back in the NL West race. With the full squad finally healthy and the offense rounding into form, the reigning champs suddenly look like the team to beat in the division.

At the same time, it’s hard to ignore that the team has been up and down all year long, having lost five or more games on five separate occasions. While the getting is good right now, who knows when the next dry spell could come along?

Now, I’m not trying to suggest the team we’re seeing now bears much, if any, resemblance to the abysmal unit we saw back in April (minus the jersey names and numbers). However, I do think it’s important that the Giants don’t get complacent so this second-half surge can persevere. This philosophy has been evident in a couple recent personnel moves, but there are still a few tweaks that should be made sooner rather than later.

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