Giants stay focused despite large division lead

Giants stay focused despite large division lead

SAN FRANCISCO -- Although the Giants have had a comfortable lead in the National League West for weeks, they aren't playing like a team just bored with the end of the regular season.

As the Giants prepared for Saturday night's game riding a five-game winning streak, manager Bruce Bochy said he was proud of the way the team has kept its focus despite the lack of pressure in the standings.

"That's how you should play," Bochy said. "You can't drop your guard. It's like a pitcher with a big lead. You can't just throw fastballs and give in. As a club you have to do the same. Every game is important until you get it done. It's the only approach you can have."

Before the Giants even began their game against the Padres, their magic number dropped to one because of the Dodgers' loss at Cincinnati. Bochy wouldn't even entertain questions about what he might do with his rotation or lineup after a clincher.

The Giants would still have something to play for. They are only four games behind the Nationals in the loss column for the best record in the NL. The team with the best record plays the winner of the Wild Card playoff game and also gets home-field advantage throughout the postseason.