Reason for optimism No. 5: Upcoming schedule

Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp tosses his bat after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of their baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, June 24, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Heading into the weekend, the Giants find themselves a half-game out of first place despite all of their woes.

But the upcoming schedule gives the Giants some room to get things right.

With a win this weekend, the Giants will complete a successful interleague homestand.

Then it’s one the road for a seven-game road trip to Chicago and Detroit. The Giants play four game against the Cubs, a struggling team that plays as poorly at home as they do on the road. The Cubs entered play 13 games below .500.

After a tough 3-game trip against the Tigers, the Giants return home to a stretch in which they play 13 of 17 games at home against the Padres (33-44), Dodgers (34-43), Mets (37-39) and Brewers (42-35).

Things get a bit tougher after that, but it’s a favorable schedule that will help the Giants remain in thick of the NL West and wild-card races.

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