If the Braves lose and the Cardinals win, then the Phillies would play the Cardinals.
If the Braves win and the Cardinals lose, the Braves will make the playoffs. Since they’re in the same division as the Phillies and can’t play them in the divisional series, the Phillies would play either Diamondbacks or the Brewers, with the Braves playing the other team. So how is the matchup determined, you ask? The Phillies would play the team with the worse record. Currently, the Brewers have 95 wins and the Diamondbacks have 94 wins. If the Brewers win today and or the Diamondbacks lose, the Phillies would play the Diamondbacks. But if the Diamondbacks win and the Brewers lose, there would be a tiebreaker to see which team gets the higher seed and avoids the Phillies. Since the Diamondbacks are 4-3 against the Brewers, they would hold the tiebreaker and become the higher seed, meaning the Phillies would play the Brewers.
If the Braves and Cardinals both win or lose, the two teams will play in a one-game playoff on Thursday, with the above scenarios applying to the winner.
Get all that?
Judging by most discussion, the team you would like to play is the Brewers. That means, today, we should root for a Brewers loss, Diamondbacks win, Cardinals loss, and, sadly, Braves win (or Braves loss, forcing them to play and beat the Cardinals tomorrow).
My head hurts.
As it stands now, only two times have been announced for the playoffs: The Yankees will play (not surprisngly in prime time) at 8:37 in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday, with the other game coming at 5:07. No NL start times have been announced yet, but I’m guessing that since all four series will play on Saturday, the Phillies would get the late afternoon start time (roughly 4 or 5). Just a guess, though.