The San Francisco Giants are hanging around in the wide open NL West.

Only 1.5 games out of first (as of Wednesday), the Giants should get strong consideration for spots in the NL All-Star Game.

Many newcomers, like Pat Burrell (three homers since coming over from Tampa), Buster Posey, and Edgar Renteria (.326 in 26 games), have come on strong for the Giants as of late.

Due to their lack of a complete resume, most of these guys won’t be All-Star candidates. However, they are definitely key players for the Giants.

Here are five players who have held things together while waiting for these guys to come around. They should get All-Star consideration to represent the Giants in Los Angeles/Anaheim/wherever they play.

I’m not saying that these guys should definitely make it. In fact, some of them may be completely overlooked and not even considered. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve consideration (it’s the MLB All-Star Game, what else is new?).

These are my top five candidates to make it to where the stars shine.

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