Reason for Optimism No. 2: Giants are in first place

San Francisco Giants' Nate Schierholtz, bottom center, is congratulated after singling to score Andres Torres in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in San Francisco, Friday, June 10, 2011. The Giants won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

There are a lot of reasons for Giants fans to be down this season.

Buster Posey is done for the year.

Freddy Sanchez might be done for the year.

Mark DeRosa’s future is in doubt.

Brandon Belt is on the DL.

The Giants aren’t hitting.

Yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda.

But despite all these things, there’s one thing that’s true: The Giants are in first place. Even in the midst of a three-game skid, the Giants are still in first place, still 10 games over .500.

Last week, the Giants reached the halfway mark of the season at 46-35. Double that, and they’re 92-70 — the same record they had when they won the World Series last season.

And in this division, 92 wins likely will be enough to win the West again. Given all that the Giants have endure this year, what more can you ask for?

As for all those downers we mentioned at the top of the post, well, things have to get better, don’t they? It’s hard to imagine things getting worse.

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