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How close will be the Brewers to a playoff spot? Let’s have a closer consider the standings

Brewers leftfielder Andrew McCutchen reacts after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning against the Dodgers on Aug. 18.

Brewers leftfielder Andrew McCutchen reacts after hitting a two-run home run in the 3rd inning contrary to the Dodgers on Aug. 18.

Entering Aug. 23, the Brewers were 1 games back from the nearest playoff spot, though it is 2back since Milwaukee does not have a tiebreaker advantage using its nearest competitors, the NORTH PARK Padres and Philadelphia Phillies.

The Brewers surely would prefer to win the National League Central Division title, but they’re fivegames behind a St. Louis Cardinals team which has a easier schedule in the years ahead.

If the Brewers win the division, they’ll get paired contrary to the third wild-card winner in the NL in the opening round of the playoffs, with a best-of-three series in Milwaukee.

If the Brewers grab the 3rd wild-card spot, they’dlikely face the NL Central champion Cardinals for a best-of-three in St. Louis. Buckle up for that certain. The LA Dodgers and NY Mets are running away with the very best two positions in the playoffs and would get first-round byes.

If the Brewers can ascend to the next wild-card spot, they’dface the initial wild-card winner, likely Atlanta, in a best-of-three series in Georgia ina 2021 playoff rematch.

Here’s where in fact the Brewers stand in accordance with one other teams battling it out for the ultimate NL playoff spots:

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (48) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (48) pitches contrary to the Milwaukee Brewers in the initial inning at Busch Stadium.

Standings (through games of Aug. 21)

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

  • St. Louis 70-51

  • Milwaukee 65-56(5games back)

NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARD

(three teams earn playoff berths)

  • Atlanta 76-48(8 games before second place, 9 before Brewers)

  • Philadelphia 67-55

  • NORTH PARK 68-56(tied withPhillies)

  • Milwaukee 64-56(1 game back)

Milwaukee Brewers(65-56)

Games behind in Central: 5

Games behindwild card: 1

Games remaining against winning teams: 12

Games remaining on road: 15

Games remaining in the home: 26

Imagine if the Brewers tie with Phillies or Padres? The Brewers don’t have a tiebreaker with either team and, without Game 163 anymore, would skip the playoffs if it boils down to a tied record. In addition they would be overlooked of any three-way tie.

Imagine if the Brewers tie with the Cardinals? The Cardinals contain the tiebreaker with a one-game edge in the growing season series. Milwaukee must win three of the ultimate four games between your teams to get the tiebreaker edge.

  • 2 at LA Dodgers (84-37)

  • 3 vs. Chicago Cubs (52-69)

  • 3 vs. Pittsburgh (47-75)

  • 4 at Arizona (55-66)

  • 3 at Colorado (53-70)

  • 2 vs. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (60-61)

  • 3 vs. Cincinnati (48-72)

  • 2 at St. Louis (70-51)

  • 3 vs. NY Yankees (75-48)

  • 3 vs. NY Mets (79-45)

  • 4 at Cincinnati (48-72)

  • 2 vs. St. Louis (70-51)

  • 4 vs. Miami (53-69)

  • 3 vs. Arizona (55-66)

St. Louis Cardinals (70-51)

Aug 14, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) hits a solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 14, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Albert Pujols (5) hits a solo home run contrary to the Milwaukee Brewers through the second inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Games ahead in Central: 5

Games remaining against winning teams: 13

Games remaining on road: 21

Games remaining in the home: 20

A straightforward remaining schedule: There are several scheduling quirks here, however the Cardinals have easy and simple road of any contenders with a tenuous playoff spot.

St. Louis has two doubleheaders on its docket and a vacation out west featuring stops in both NORTH PARK and LA just before arriving at Milwaukee for what promises to become a pivotal set. The Cardinals also close the growing season with six straight contrary to the Pirates, three in the home then three on the highway. In every, St. Louis will close the growing season with 11 of 14 on the highway. However the team has 21games remaining contrary to the three worst teams in the NL (Washington, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh) and seven more contrary to the Cubs, tied for the fourth-worst team.

Should Brewers fans cheer for the Padres or Cardinals head-to-head?: We’ll have a much clearer picture once the teams meet Sept. 20-22. The Brewers still have an opportunity to bypass both, though at this time the Padres appear to be the simpler foe to catch.

  • 4 at Chicago Cubs (52-69)

  • 3 vs. Atlanta (76-48)

  • 3 at Cincinnati (48-72)

  • 3 vs. Chicago Cubs (52-69)

  • 4 vs. Washington (41-82)

  • 3 at Pittsburgh (47-75)

  • 2 vs. Milwaukee (65-56)

  • 5 vs. Cincinnati (48-72)

  • 3 at NORTH PARK (68-56)

  • 3 at LA Dodgers (84-37)

  • 2 at Milwaukee (65-56)

  • 3 vs. Pittsburgh (47-75)

  • 3 at Pittsburgh (47-75)

NORTH PARK Padres (68-56)

Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) pitches in the first inning July 27, 2022 against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) pitches in the initial inning July 27, 2022 contrary to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Games before Phillies for second wild card: tied

Games before Brewers: 1

Games remaining against winning teams: 19

Games remaining on road: 18

Games remaining in the home: 20

Josh Hader Watch: The former Brewers closer has appeared in five games for NORTH PARK, lately on Aug. 19, when he previously another straight disastrous outing. He didn’t retire a batter, allowing a walk, single, the initial career home run for Wisconsinite Alex Call and in addition committed a throwing error. He took losing in a 6-3 setback contrary to the worst team in baseball, the Nationals.

  • 2 vs. Cleveland (64-56)

  • 3 at Kansas City (50-74)

  • 3 at SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (60-61)

  • 3 at LA Dodgers (84-37)

  • 3 vs. Arizona (55-66)

  • 3 vs. LA Dodgers (84-37)

  • 2 at Seattle (66-56)

  • 4 at Arizona (55-66)

  • 3 vs. St. Louis (70-51)

  • 3 at Colorado (53-70)

  • 3 vs. LA Dodgers (84-37)

  • 3 vs. Chicago White Sox (62-60)

  • 3 vs. SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (60-61)

Philadelphia Phillies (67-55)

Aug 6, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos (8) runs to first base after hitting a single against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 6, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Castellanos (8) runs to first base after hitting an individual contrary to the Washington Nationals in the initial inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Games before Brewers for final wild card: 1

Games behind Padres for second wild card:tied

Games remaining against winning teams: 12

Games remaining on road: 21

Games remaining in the home: 19

Finishing with an extended road trip, but…: The Phillies theoretically have a hardcore finish to the growing season with 10 road games, closing with three against American LeagueWest heavyweight Houston, although team with the very best record in the AL will most likely not have to go all out at season’s end.

When’s Bryce Harper due back?The Phillies did plenty of this damage without Harper, out since June with a broken thumb. He’s approaching a rehab assignment and may be back by the finish of the month.

  • 3 vs. Cincinnati (48-72)

  • 3 vs. Pittsburgh (47-75)

  • 3 at Arizona (55-66)

  • 3 at SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (60-61)

  • 3 vs. Miami (53-69)

  • 3 vs. Washington (41-82)

  • 3 at Miami (52369)

  • 3 at Atlanta (76-48)

  • 2 vs. Toronto (65-55)

  • 4 vs. Atlanta (76-48)

  • 3 at Chicago Cubs (52-69)

  • 4 at Washington (41-82)

  • 3 at Houston (78-45)

JR Radcliffe could be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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