Few could have expected San Francisco to fall flat like it did in the two months leading up to the All-Star break, but the Giants return to action today at 43-51, 6.5 games behind division-leading Arizona in the NL West.
As much as the Giants have struggled to score runs this season -- 378 ranks No. 18 in all of baseball -- it's their poor starting pitching that's been an even bigger problem. All but Madison Bumgarner (and Chad Gaudin) have struggled mightily throughout the first half. But in the case of Matt Cain, there is reason to believe a second-half turnaround could be in store.