(40-47, 6½ games back, NL West)
Difficult to believe the defending World Series champions are this bad.
The Giants have lost 16 of 21 and averaged 2.3 runs per game since June 1, worst in the majors. At one point during their recent 1-8 trip, second baseman Marco Scutaro, third baseman Pablo Sandoval, shortstop Brandon Crawford and outfielder Gregor Blanco were a combined 5 for 94 (.053).
In no particular order, the Giants need a starting pitcher, a right-handed hitting outfielder, a reliever and bench help. But they can’t justify trading prospects for veterans when they’re A) thin on prospects and B) playing so poorly. Hence, they passed on right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who went to the Dodgers, and outfielder Scott Hairston, who went to the Nationals.
Reliever Santiago Casilla is expected back from a knee injury this week, and righty Ryan Vogelsong hopes to return from a broken hand by Aug. 1. The Giants are highly unlikely to sell given their strong fan support. And money would be a significant impediment if they ever dangled their two most attractive potential free agents, right-hander Tim Lincecum ($22 million) and outfielder Hunter Pence ($13.8 million). — Ken Rosenthal
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