The San Francisco Giants have taken a 7.5 game lead in the NL West and have baseball's best record through 65 games, thanks to strong pitching and timely hitting. San Francisco went 19-9 in May and is 6-3 so far in June, moving their overall record to 42-23.
The catalyst behind the Giants surge has inexplicably been 38-year-old Tim Hudson, who has a 1.97 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in his first starts. By methods I can only attribute to sorcery, he has walked just 11 batters in 82 1/3 innings and has stranded more than 81 percent of runners he has put on base. As for how the rest of the division has fared, here's a look: