LOS ANGELES -- Aware of the opportunity they have to further push back their closest competition for the second National League Wild Card spot, the Cardinals have something else potentially at stake during this weekend series vs. the Dodgers.
The outcomes of these next three games would determine home-field advantage for a play-in game should the Cardinals and Dodgers end up tied for the second Wild Card. The Dodgers trailed the Cardinals by two games for that playoff berth entering Friday's game.
A tiebreaker game would be played on Oct. 4, the day after the regular season, at the home park of whichever team won more games in the head-to-head series. Through Thursday, the Dodgers and Cardinals had split their eight head-to-head games. Los Angeles won the first four, including a three-game sweep of the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium back in May. St. Louis has taken four straight since then.
The Cardinals have already lost season series against the Pirates (7-8) and the Phillies (2-5) should either of those clubs finish in a tie with St. Louis for the second Wild Card. A tie with the Brewers would result in a home play-in game for St. Louis, which won nine of the 15 head-to-head games against Milwaukee this season.