The New York Giants will finish the season with the best record in baseball, with a division title and the best overall record in the NL.
But if the New Yorkers finish last in the division, it could put them in a precarious position to qualify for the postseason.
New York finished with the second-best record in 2016, but has lost eight of its past 10 games.
They’ll also have to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco 49ers for the final wild card spot.
But, despite all the talk of the Giants being in a rebuilding mode, a winless season doesn’t mean the team isn’t still in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The team won’t finish the year with a losing record.
They still have three games in hand on the Los Padres.
And the Dodgers have a game in hand.
The Dodgers, though, have the best pitching in baseball with Clayton Kershaw and Joc Pederson, but they’ve lost two of three.
They’re also leading the National League in strikeouts (2,091) and on-base percentage (.373).
New York could have a shot at clinching the division if the Giants finish last and the Dodgers finish last.
If the Giants don’t finish first, it would give them a two-game lead in the NFC East.
But if they finish second, the Giants will be a lock for the second wild card.
If they finish fourth, they’ll need to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia to make the playoffs.
The Giants have a better record than San Francisco, which is in the middle of a rebuilding phase, but the Giants still need to win two more games to make it.
But New York has the better pitching and the better defense.
It’s been a frustrating season for the Giants, who have won just one game in their last five games.
The New York Times has the Giants in first place in the standings with a 47-33 record.