The Giants (99-53), who were written off by most pundits before the season, have cruised through the regular season, becoming the first team to 70, 80 and 90 wins. They will be the first to 100 as well, and they’ve done it through a combination of throwback seasons from stalwarts of the team’s glory days and breakout seasons from unheralded acquisitions. They have hit so many home runs that Ron Wotus, the team’s third-base coach, may be running out of different ways to high-five people.
That leaves the defending champion Dodgers (97-55) in line for a wild-card spot despite having the second best record in baseball. For an idea of how out of place it is as a wild-card contender, rather than a division leader, Los Angeles has a 14½-game lead over the No. 2 team in the wild-card race (St. Louis) and a 19-game lead over the No. 3 team (Cincinnati).