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Five Giants essential to postseason berth

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Five Giants essential to postseason berth

Melky Cabreras absence undoubtedly leaves a big hole in theGiants lineup, one that will be impossible to fill completely. But evenwithout their former All-Star right fielder, the Giants are still in the huntfor a postseason berth. However, San Francisco will need other players to rise to theoccasion and steady the team in the wake of the suspension of their besthitter.Buster Posey
Buster Posey is now the Giants offensive leader and it would be ludicrous toexpect him to improve on what is already turning into a career season: a .330AVG and 76 RBI for their All-Star catcher. Posey simply needs to do what he hasbeen doing all season -- keep hitting. He is not known for having an outspokenpersonality, but he leads this team by example and can galvanize the Giantsclubhouse down the stretch by virtue of his on-field performance.
Gregor Blanco
Gregor Blanco will be getting more starts in left field as Cabreras defensivereplacement. Nobody expects Blanco to even come close to the same offensivenumbers that Cabrera recorded, but Giants fans know he does need to step up hisgame at the plate. Blanco's .236 average is not good, but if he can do thelittle things like get on base more, advance runners, and limit hisstrike-outs, the speedy Blanco can contribute.
Tim Lincecum
As far as the numbers go (6-13, 5.45), this is a lost season for Tim Lincecum.Bad as his numbers may be, he has shown flashes of his former self, with theoccasional shut-down outing. Lincecum can help by not getting into troubleearly in games, putting the Giants' now-weakened offense under the gun. Thisissue has been his Achilles heel for much of this season.
Hunter Pence
Hunter Pence was brought to the Giants as the offensive weapon that would givethe team the power bat that they have always wanted. Pence disappointedinitially, and in a big way. He is still batting just .177 in the month ofAugust with the Giants, but has showed signs of life since his game-winningthree-run homer against the Rockies on Aug.12. Pence needs to live up to the organizations expectations -- which can be atall order for any player -- and add that home run power that the Giants are sosorely lacking.
Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt has been heating up. His average has been climbing steadily forthe last couple of weeks and is up to .267 after going 15-for-30 in his lastnine games. That said, Belt has a reputation for being streaky and has not hadthe full confidence of Giants brass or the fans. Now would be the perfect timefor him to prove to the team that he can be consistent. If Belt can maintainhis current average with the timely hitting that he has been showing recently,the Giants' postseason hopes will be enhanced.

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

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Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

We have some sad news to report.

Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.

Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.

Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.

When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.

Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'

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Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'

The Giants are looking to land the biggest fish of them all in a home-run-hitting sea.

San Francisco reportedly proposed a trade offer with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. On Sunday, GM Bobby Evans opened up on the possibility of a deal getting done.

"The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they'll approach the player," Evans said on MLB Network Radio. "I don't think they would be talking to us if they didn't think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven't given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we're very early in the process."

While reports surfaced Friday of the Giants make an offer to the Marlins, details have not yet become clear. And it sounds like Evans is still looking for an answer as to what Miami's front office is looking for. 

"We don't have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are," Evans says. 

Complicating matters is Stanton's monster of a contract. Stanton is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

"With a move like that, I think that the process typically when we're dealing with Miami or any other club, a guy with a no-trade, you don't really get any clarity on that until you get closer to a deal," Evans said. 

The Giants are trying to turn the clock to 25 years ago in 1992 when in the offseason, Barry Bonds won the National League MVP with the Pirates and then joined the Giants as a free agent. Matters are a bit different as the Giants would acquire Stanton via trade, but the 28-year-old just won the NL MVP after hitting league-leading 59 home runs.