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Giants Have League’s Best Record With Friday Night Win

The San Francisco Giants have a league-best record at 39-21, which is good enough for an eight-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers. But what may be best about it all is the fact that the Giants have had recent success without one of their aces in Matt Cain, who made his return to the starting lineup on Friday night after missing the last two weeks of play.
Even without Cain, the Giants have been winning games this season with the help of their pitching staff. They have a team ERA of 3.05, which is third best in the league. Their batting against average is fourth best in the league at .235, and they have a 1.15 rating with runners in scoring position.
Now that Cain is back in the starting lineup, the Giants hope that things will only get better as the season moves on. On Friday night against the Mets, Cain pitched seven innings. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, including a homerun by Daniel Murphy. Cain was removed after that, but it is an otherwise hopeful sign for moving forward.
After being down 2-1 going into the bottom of the 7th, the Giants came back with a score of their own to tie things up at 2. Buster Posey then hit a two-run homerun in the 8th, which would be the eventually winning scores as the game ended 4-2.
Despite having an eight-game lead over the Dodgers, San Francisco is tied with LA at 7/1 odds to win the 2014 World Series. The Tigers are right behind them at 11/2, while the Athletics, who own the MLB’s second-best record, are at 8/1. You can keep checking with sportspicks.com handicappers for odds on games and the outlook for the rest of the season.
The Giants have gotten a well-rounded amount of input from all of their pitching staff. Madison Bumgarner leads the team with 8 wins and 90 strikeouts. Tim Hudson, who has 6 wins of his own, leads the team with a 1.75 ERA. And Sergio Ramos has racked up 17 saves in 26 outings.
The Giants also find themselves in the top ten on offense as well. Their 263 runs is seventh best in the league and their .407 batting average is ninth. Angel Pagan leads the team with a .316 batting average, while Michael Morse leads the team in both home runs, 13, and RBIs, 41.
The All-Star break is just about a month away, but the Giants find themselves in a great position as the season moves on. The Dodgers were predicted to win the NL West, but the Giants continue to increase their lead over them. And as they put pieces together, get guys healthy and start to round out the team, they’ll hope to continue momentum moving forward.
Also in the NL West are the Rockies, 11.5 games back, the Padres, 13 games back, and the Diamondbacks, 15 games back.