The hunt for a Red October

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The Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers, and Rockies are all in line to make the playoffs. (AP Photos)

Things are getting mighty interesting in the National League. With the Dodgers' loss to the G-men yesterday, the Phillies are now just one game behind Los Angeles for the best record in the National League. St. Louis is in third place, two games behind the Dodgers, one behind the Phillies.

As most of you know, the No. 1 seed gets home field advantage throughout the playoffs and plays the Wild Card team in the first round. The No. 2 seed plays the No. 3 seed in the first round. But two teams from the same division cannot play in the first round, so if the No. 1 seed and the Wild Card team are in the same division, then the No. 1 seed plays the No. 3 seed and the No. 2 seed plays the Wild Card.

Here is how the top three teams stack up for the rest of the season:

Dodgers   (88-60, 0 GB, 14 remaining)
Phillies  (86-60, 1 GB, 16 remaining)
Cardinals (86-62, 2 GB, 14 remaining)

The Phillies have the tiebreaker over St. Louis, thanks to a 4-1 record in their season series. The Dodgers have the tiebreaker over the Phillies, thanks to their 4-3 record. So the Phillies need to win three more games than the Dodgers over these last 16 days, and need to win the same amount as the Cardinals.

9/19 PHI at ATL, LAD vs SFG, STL vs CHC
9/20 PHI at ATL, LAD vs SFG, STL vs CHC
9/21 PHI at OFF, LAD is OFF, STL at HOU
9/22 PHI at FLA, LAD at WAS, STL at HOU
        PHI at FLA,
9/23 PHI at FLA, LAD at WAS, STL at HOU
9/24 PHI at MIL, LAD at WAS, STL is OFF
9/25 PHI at MIL, LAD at PIT, STL at COL
9/26 PHI at MIL, LAD at PIT, STL at COL
9/27 PHI at MIL, LAD at PIT, STL at COL
9/28 PHI vs HOU, LAD at PIT, STL is OFF
9/29 PHI vs HOU, LAD at SDP, STL at CIN
9/30 PHI vs HOU, LAD at SDP, STL at CIN
10/1 PHI vs HOU, LAD at SDP, STL at CIN
10/2 PHI vs FLA, LAD vs COL, STL vs MIL
10/3 PHI vs FLA, LAD vs COL, STL vs MIL
10/4 PHI vs FLA, LAD vs COL, STL vs MIL

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