The Giants’ record is a thing of beauty. At 42-21, the Giants own the best record in baseball. Their number of wins exactly doubles their number of losses: they have won exactly two-thirds of their games for a (slightly rounded) winning percentage of .667. They are on a course to win 108 games this season. A thing of beauty.

This beautiful record will be on the line tonight when the Giants take the field in San Francisco to face the Washington Nationals in a four-game series. Several prognosticators picked the Nats to win the World Series, and they may do that, but their record is something somewhat less than a thing of beauty. At 32-29, they stand in a flat-footed tie with the Atlanta Braves. Their winning percentage is .525, on course to win 85 games this season.

The pitching probables are Strasburg and Vogelsong, Fister and Bumgarner, Roark and Cain, and Treinen and a Giant to be named. The first three games are night games, and the final game is an afternoon contest.