The San Francisco Giants have won the World Series in even-numbered years since 2010, but they've also missed out on the postseason in the two in between.
Given their fade from contention, that's a trend likely to hold form.
While they hope it's not too late to turn things around, the visiting Giants look to avoid a ninth loss in 11 games Tuesday night when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Following championship seasons, San Francisco (71-67) finished eight games back in the NL West in 2011 and 16 out in 2013 despite posting winning records in both Septembers.
The defending champs were 2 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West and 3 1/2 back of a wild-card spot Aug. 16, but they've since dropped eight of 10 to fall well behind division-leading Los Angeles and nine back of the second wild-card spot.
"You got to keep competing and hopefully we can pull some out," said Mike Leake, Monday's losing pitcher.
Much of the blame could be pinned on a lineup that has totaled 16 runs over the last eight defeats. After totaling 14 runs and 29 hits in back-to-back wins at Colorado, the Giants went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position in Monday's 6-1 loss at Chase Field.
Brandon Crawford went 0 for 4, leaving him with an .098 average in his last 10 games.
''We had our chances but we got to get some guys come through and deliver," manager Bruce Bochy said.
Bochy's club will try to begin a late surge against Chase Anderson (6-5, 4.26 ERA). The right-hander is hoping to show enough to earn a spot in Arizona's 2016 rotation.
Following an eight-start stretch in which he went 2-4 with a 7.65 ERA, Anderson was sent to Triple-A Reno for about 24 hours before Jeremy Hellickson's glute injury led to his return.
The demotion may have scared him straight since he has a 2.55 ERA over his last three starts. He gave up three runs over five innings Wednesday but did not factor in a 9-4 loss at Colorado.
After allowing one hit over seven innings in a 1-0 win at San Francisco on June 12, Anderson was touched for seven runs and 10 hits over 3 2-3 in an 8-4 home loss to the Giants on July 18.
Buster Posey is 3 for 6 in the matchup and the 2012 NL MVP has been a bright spot, batting .543 with a home run and three triples over a nine-game hitting streak.
Tim Hudson (6-8, 4.69) will try to lead San Francisco to only its fifth win in 20 road games. He made a pair of appearances in the bullpen after posting a 5.63 ERA over a six-start stretch.
Ryan Vogelsong was initially scheduled to start before working two innings in the opener.
Hudson is 9-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 14 starts against Arizona. However, he lost 5-1 on April 19 after allowing five runs over five innings in his only meeting this season.
Paul Goldschmidt homered off the right-hander in that game, but the MVP candidate is hitting .179 with two home runs over his last 10.
A.J. Pollock and Phil Gosselin homered Monday as Arizona (66-72) ended a four-game skid. The club now seeks its first series win since sweeping four at Cincinnati from Aug. 20-23.