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San Francisco Giants: 5 things to watch for in the second half

Nick San Miguel
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: Alex Dickerson #8 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Kevin Pillar #1 after he hit a home run in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on June 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: Alex Dickerson #8 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Kevin Pillar #1 after he hit a home run in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on June 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – MAY 03: Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants hits a solo home run to break a tie game in the 11th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 3, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Giants won 12-11 in 11 innings. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

2. Will the veterans get hot?

If the San Francisco Giants are going to have any success the rest of the year, they are going to need the likes of Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, and Evan Longoria to rebound from middling first-half performances.

For the majority of the first half, all of those players were hitting dismally. While the overall statistics still don’t look very good for any of them, the numbers don’t tell the full story.

Longoria has been tearing the cover off the ball lately with five home runs in the last week and a half, and Posey is starting to show signs of coming around of late.

With bloated contracts and middling season stats, it’s unlikely the Giants will be able to find takers for any of these veterans on the trade market, so for better or worse they will be a key part of the team’s short-term outlook.

It would be nice to see the recent offensive surge that’s been led by Longoria makes its way to some of these other veterans. At the very least, improved numbers in the second half from that group would go a long way toward keeping the offense from bottoming out once again.

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