The San Francisco Giants went from worst to first in less than a month.
Yes, that's noteworthy. No, it's not tremendously rare -- at least not at this point in the season.
San Francisco was at the bottom of the NL West at the end of April, trailing first-place Los Angeles by 4 1/2 games. The Giants then went 21-9 in May, taking over the top spot briefly before falling back into second place this past weekend.
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They are the sixth team in the last six seasons to be in last place at the end of April, and then reach first place at some point in May, according to STATS.
The 21 wins represents the most since the 1968 Giants went 21-10 in August behind Willie Mays and Willie McCovey.
The Giants fell behind with an early eight-game losing streak this season, but an eight-game winning streak in May made it clear that the defending World Series champions were still going to be heard from. San Francisco has been without injured right-hander Matt Cain all season, and right-hander Jake Peavy has been limited to two starts.
Outfielder Hunter Pence was out with a broken arm until May 16, and the Giants are 12-4 since his return.
A couple other teams who were in last place at the end of April were also able to bounce back a bit. Cleveland went 17-12 in May, and Texas went 19-11 to pull above .500.
The Associated Press contributed to this report