It's time to fish or cut bait for the San Francisco Giants. One week ago, they kicked off a four-game series in Colorado with a win, closing the gap between the National League's top two wild-card contenders to a single game. The Rockies stormed back to take the final three games of the series, culminating in a 14th-inning comeback that featured a pitcher walking with the bases loaded, thereby setting up Ryan Spilborghs' walk-off grand slam. The Giants now trail the Rox by three games in the race for the wild card, and if that's not bad enough, they have by far the toughest remaining schedule of any NL contender.
Baseball Prospectus examines the NL playoff odds for the remaining contenders by focusing on schedule strength. The San Francisco Giants are sliding while the division leaders (Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers) are in prime position.