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It was not a successful road trip for the Giants in terms of wins and losses.
They dropped two of three in St. Louis and lost three of four in Pittsburgh.
Yet, they gained a game on the Dodgers, who have lost five in a row.
The Orange and Black enter Tuesday's action 1.5 games behind their arch-rivals.
On Tuesday morning, Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow put everything into perspective.
"They go 2-5 and they pick up a game on the Dodgers," Krukow explained on KNBR 680-AM. "This is a time of year where you're so vulnerable as a team. And I think everybody to a degree is leaking oil ... The Giants I think are in a good place. Some of the injured guys are very close to coming back, so they're gonna get energy from their returns.
"They're just so excited to be home ... these next nine games are gonna be tough, but they're very confident."
The injuries are aplenty.
Then there's the schedule.
The next nine games: Three against the red-hot Cubs (who swept the Giants in a four-game series earlier this month), three vs. the Cardinals (best record in baseball), then three at the Dodgers.
Any other reason why Krukow is so upbeat and confident? Well, he shared a story from the Giants' plane ride home late Sunday night.
"We all were sleeping but Bochy did not sleep," he revealed. "He got up, walked to the back of the plane, he was playing cards with the guys. He wanted to do that to see where they were. And his summation at the end of the meeting was, 'They're in a great place.'
"So if they're in a great place, we're in a good place."