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SFG: San Francisco Giants: 3 Keys to Finishing Out Season Strong

Aug 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) celebrates a home run with catcher Buster Posey (28) against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) celebrates a home run with catcher Buster Posey (28) against the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants are coming off a disappointing 3-7 road trip where they played the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs. The Giants have better records than both the Rangers and the Braves and have a similar record to the Cubs.

They ended the road trip by getting swept by the Cubs in their four-game series. The Giants entered the series with a half-game lead over the Cubs in the race for the second wild card spot in the National League, and they finished the series with a three-and-a-half game deficit.

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SFG: Matt Duffy: The Unexpected Key Contributor

Jun 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy (5) celebrates after scoring a run during the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy (5) celebrates after scoring a run during the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Over the course of three years, Matt Duffy has gone from being an 18th round draft pick (568th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2012 to being a World Series champion at the end of the of the 2014 season to being a player who had to compete for a roster spot in Spring Training earlier this year to now being the Giants’ everyday third baseman.

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SFG: Will Andrew Susac Spark Giants’ Offense with Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki Out?

Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Andrew Susac (34) after the top of the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 3, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Andrew Susac (34) after the top of the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants are suddenly facing a shortage of outfielders with Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki both injured. Because of this, the Giants are in need of an offensive spark, and that spark could end up coming from Andrew Susac, not Gregor Blanco and Justin Maxwell, who are filling in for those starting roles.

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SFG: Hunter Pence Injury Update: First Rehab Game Completed

Apr 6, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 6, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence against the Arizona Diamondbacks during opening day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Hunter Pence is inching closer and closer to returning to the field for the San Francisco Giants. After several weeks of rehab, treatment, and live batting practice, Pence finally played in his first game since being hit by a pitch in Spring Training that broke his forearm.

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SFG: San Francisco Giants Mailbag: Kontos, Utility Players, Duvall

May 1, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella (12) looks on as San Francisco Giants celebrate a walk-off base hit by Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) that scored pinch runner Gregor Blanco (7) in the ninth inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. Giants won 3-2.

May 1, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella (12) looks on as San Francisco Giants celebrate a walk-off base hit by Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) that scored pinch runner Gregor Blanco (7) in the ninth inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. Giants won 3-2.

The San Francisco Giants currently have a 14-14 record, after starting the season 4-10. The Giants are starting to click on all cylinders, and their starting pitching has really stepped up recently.

In this week’s Giants Mailbag post, we will discuss George Kontos’ hot start to the season, who’s the Giants most important utility player, and if Adam Duvall could get called up to the Giants sometime soon.

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SFG: San Francisco Giants: Addressing Concerns about Vogelsong, Peavy

April 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

April 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong (32) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Entering the 2015 season, the biggest concern for the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants was their starting rotation. As the season rolls on, this continues to be their main concern, especially as some of the starters are dealing with injuries, and Ryan Vogelsong has had to be utilized more as a spot starter than a long reliever.

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