With the the final game of the weekend’s Giants-Padres series now played, and Giants find themselves 3.5 games out of first place in the NL West with 43 games left to play.

All season long, people have doubted whether the Padres would be able to hold onto their lead in the division, and with the Padres taking two-of-three from in the most recent match-up, the Giants now have some work to do if they hope to be playing in October.

What follows are the five things that must happen if the Giants hope to catch to Padres in the coming weeks and take home the NL West crown in what is shaping up as the most interesting division race in all of baseball.


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