San Francisco Giants: Five Positives Moving Forward

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Sep 29, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder

Mac Williamson

(51) chases down the ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Though the San Francisco Giants have now officially been eliminated from postseason contention, things aren’t all bad by the Bay. In fact, though the wounds of being taken out by the Dodgers are still fresh and the pain is still very clearly evident, this may turn out to be better for the Giants in the long run.

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Between injuries to key players — and injuries to those key players’ replacements — as well as the simple exhaustion from last year that logically comes with tacking an extra month onto the already laborious baseball season, the fact that the Giants were in it at all this late in the season is a truly remarkable testament to their grit, determination, talent, and depth as a team.

While they looked like a potentially playoff bound team at the beginning of the season, they put together a shaky August  record of 13-16 and that, combined with a yearlong record of 18-27 in one-run games, as well as a myriad of injuries contributed to their inability to truly challenge down the stretch.

Despite those discouraging figures, however, the Giants were able to perform admirably in such a challenging season and remained in the race far longer than many expected they would.

As is so often the case, they were able to transcend statistics and provide numerous bright spots for fans all throughout the year, from rookie Chris Heston‘s no-hitter early on, to Jarrett Parker‘s more recent three home run game.

In light of that, here is a look at five positive things to think about moving forward, when the TV is showing the horrific lowlights of last night’s game.

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