Well out of contention, the Giants are in a pennant race after all.
Sadly, it's the New York Yankees' pennant race.
The defending World Series Champions will be surrendering their crown to someone next month, when the Giants are watching the World Series on television.
It might not be the Yankees in the Fall Classic, if the Giants can put on a good showing in Yankee Stadium beginning tonight, reported the New York Daily News, which noted the Giants' ability to spoil the Yankees' season.
No one reason can be given for the Giants' epic demise, but losing Angel Pagan when the Giants were 28-22 and had a share of first place had an impact on the team's ability to score runs -- and the Giants went 32-52 with Pagan out, the newspaper noted.
But if the Giants continue the winning ways they've shown since Pagan came back Aug. 30 and ruin the Yankees' playoff hopes -- to clinch a share of the wild card -- losing the series to the Giants won't help.
Still, it wouldn't be much of a boon to Giants manager Bruce Bochy.
"I absolutely hate that word 'spoiler,'" Bochy told the New York Daily News. "All it means is you’re horse----."