Originally written on BaySportsNet  |  Last updated 5/2/13
Winning Ugly is back in San Francisco. The Giants, the champs of 2012 and the favorites to repeat as the winners of the National League West this season, have had an extremely bumpy first few weeks of the still-young season. The hitting has been spotty, the starting pitching has generally not lived up to expectations, and the bullpen has had some hiccups. Even though the Giants are seen as one of the NL’s top candidates for postseason play, they often played inconsistently and looked extremely vulnerable against predicted second-division finishers like the Cubs, Padres, and Brewers. Yet in spite of it all, the Giants finished the month of April with a winning record, going 15-12 and placing them in a tie with the Arizona Diamondbacks for second in the division. Their Pythagorean Record (for the confused, go here) is 14-13, so they aren’t exactly playing with a shortage or surplus of luck. Many of their wins have been of the come-from-behind fashion, scratching out runs in the late i...
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