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Electric field: Defense key to Giants' 2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' precipitous fall from perennial contender to last place in the National League West resembled their three still-recent World Series titles in one significant aspect: Both required widespread contributions.

As catcher Buster Posey said grimly after one defeat this summer, "It's a team effort."

The Giants don't need an entirely new team to return to respectability. But partly because they play home games at AT&T Park, where the climate and the pitcher-friendly, oversized outfield discourage hitting home runs, the Giants will struggle to join the power trip that currently grips the Major Leagues.