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BP Daily: Sorting out NL playoff chances

Bad news for the Giants: Schedule strength is a big factor in the playoff chase

Originally Published: August 28, 2009
By Jay Jaffe | Baseball Prospectus

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.