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Ten modest, attainable goals for Giants in second half of MLB season

Ten modest, attainable goals for Giants in second half of MLB season

There are two ways to look at the Wild Card standings. 

Do you pull them up and see the Giants right in the hunt, 5 1/2 games back after taking six of seven at the end of the first half?

Or do you pull them up and see a team that needs to go 46-27 just to reach 87 wins, which is about the bare minimum for a second Wild Card spot? 

I'll allow you to dream if you want because any Giants fan has earned that right after the last two-plus years. But it's more than fair to be a realist and lower expectations, which is what I'll do here. 

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As the Giants start the second half, I'm setting the bar a bit lower. Here are 10 modest and realistic goals for the club in the second half: 

VIEW GIANTS' SECOND-HALF GOALS HERE

Eduardo Nunez DFA'd by Red Sox while Shaun Anderson thrives for Giants

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Eduardo Nunez DFA'd by Red Sox while Shaun Anderson thrives for Giants

On July 26, 2017, the San Francisco Giants traded reliable infielder Eduardo Nunez to the Boston Red Sox for two low-level minor league pitchers.

It was a rental trade at the time with Nunez headed into free agency. He eventually re-signed on a two-year, $9 million contract and helped Boston win the 2018 World Series.

But nearly two years later, Nunez's time with the Red Sox is up. On Monday, the 32-year-old was designated for assignment.

Meanwhile, the Giants are quite pleased with the two pitchers they got in return.

The main piece of that trade, Shaun Anderson, has reached the major league level and has a 4.48 ERA in 60 1/3 innings for the Giants. At 24 years old, he's shown flashes of brilliance and looks like a part of San Francisco's rotation for years to come.

The other player in the trade, right-handed pitcher Gregory Santos, was just 17 years old at the time of the trade and was playing in the Dominican Summer League.

Now, Santos is finding success stateside. In 34 2/3 innings for Class A Augusta, Santos has a 2.86 ERA. MLB Pipeline has the 19-year-old ranked as the Giants' No. 7 overall prospect.

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The Giants liked Nunez's versatility, but they made the smart move to trade him for prospects. Two years after that trade, they are reaping the benefits and are the clear winners in that rental deal.

The Nunez trade should serve as a roadmap for the Giants as the 2019 trade deadline approaches. They still can get valuable pieces for players that are seen as rentals. It might take a few years for the major league team to see the benefits of trades made over the next two weeks, but the Giants are playing the long game. They can afford to take on lower-level prospects and let them develop.

Giants, Dodgers score 16-plus runs on same day for first time in 123 years

Giants, Dodgers score 16-plus runs on same day for first time in 123 years

The Giants and Dodgers' franchises have been around for a really long time.

A REALLY LONG TIME.

On Monday, the two teams scored at least 16 runs on the same day for the first time since May 20, 1896.

EIGHTEEN NINETY-SIX.

In 1896, they were the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Yes, Bridegrooms (According to Merriam-Webster, a "bridegroom" is "a man just married or about to be married").

On this day in 2019, the San Francisco Giants scored 19 runs in the first game of their doubleheader in Colorado against the Rockies. They would add two more runs in their Game 2 win. As for the Los Angeles Dodgers, they beat the Philadelphia Phillies 16-2.

Brandon Crawford led the offensive outburst for the Giants as he homered three times and drove in nine runs in the doubleheader.

In Philadelphia, Cody Bellinger crushed two more homers and now has 33 this season.

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Considering how long the Giants and Dodgers have been around, and how much they've accomplished, it's pretty impressive that there was still something they hadn't done over the last 123 years.