Just as they did following their 2010 championship run, the Giants regressed in 2013 following their 2012 World Series season. They finished 4th in the NL West with a disappointing 76-86 record. Bringing back essentially the same squad from the year before, the Giants got off to a hot start in 2013, going 23-15 in their first 38 games. But on May 25th, Angel Pagan injured his hamstring on an inside-the-park home run which forced the club's center fielder to miss a large portion of the season. The Giants' lack of outfield depth (an issue not addressed in the offseason) caused the team to flounder offensively once Pagan went down. The Giants fell out of first place on May 26th and they never recovered, going 18-34 in the months of June and July.
Despite their mid-season struggles, the Giants were still hanging around the wild card race as the All-Star break approached. However, general manager Brian Sabean decided not to
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