5 Reasons Why the San Francisco Giants Are the Best Team in MLB

5 Reasons Why the San Francisco Giants Are the Best Team in MLB

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After erasing a six-run deficit on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates, it appeared as though the San Francisco Giants would finally lose a game. That didn't happen, though. The Giants have now won 10 of their last 11 games and a season-high six-in-a-row. According to ESPN Power Rankings, the Giants are the third best team in MLB, but statistical insight proves that San Francisco is currently the most unbeatable team in all of baseball.

5. Best Bullpen in the Big Leagues

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5. Best Bullpen in the Big Leagues

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At 21-11, the Giants own one of the best records in baseball. San Francisco's lights-out bullpen is a big reason why they've been able to sustain a high level of success in early action. The Giants' bullpen is the best in the league, posting a microscopic 1.88 ERA with 11 saves in 105.1 innings of work. San Francisco's bullpen also owns the lowest batting average against, holding opposing hitters to a stingy .198 average.

4. Second Most Home Runs in MLB

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4. Second Most Home Runs in MLB

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The Giants' prolonged power outage is no longer a rampant issue. San Francisco has totaled the second most home runs in baseball (41), checking in behind the Colorado Rockies (47) who sit two games behind the Giants in the NL West. As a team, the Giants' collective batting average is less than impressive, but their ability to send balls over the fence mitigates a relatively inefficient team-wide .312 on-base percentage.

3. Tim Hudson's Dependability

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3. Tim Hudson's Dependability

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The biggest reason why the Giants failed to contend during the stretch run of the 2013 season was inconsistent starting pitching. The Giants' starting rotation has re-emerged as a critical asset in 2014, despite registering a cumulative 10-9 record. Tim Hudson owns four of those wins. The 38-year-old veteran hurler has been a difference-maker for the Giants in early action. He owns a 2.17 ERA and non-existent 0.74 WHIP in 45.2 innings of work.

2. Dominance on the Road

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2. Dominance on the Road

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The Giants' ability to crush baseballs over the fence in combination with stellar bullpen efforts and reliable starting pitching has made them one of the best road teams in baseball in early action. San Francisco owns the third-most road wins in MLB (11) and the second-fewest losses (6). They've won five straight games away from AT&T Park, including a three-game road sweep of the Atlanta Braves, which San Francisco hadn't done since 1988.

1. Clutch Hitting

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1. Clutch Hitting

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The most pivotal characteristic of a winning team is clutch hitting, a championship-caliber component that fueled the Giants to both of their recent World Series titles. San Francisco has littered national highlight reels with clutch two-out walk-off bombs and extra-inning grand slams on the road. Their ability to comeback from major deficits and win close games will propel them into the playoffs. San Francisco owns a 9-6 record in one-run games.

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