PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies got some good news following their 4-3 loss Monday to the St. Louis Cardinals.
They earned home-field advantage throughout the playoffs following Milwaukee's loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The magic number for the Phillies to clinch home-field had been one, because they hold the tiebreaker after taking the season series against the Brewers, 4-3. The Phillies are 98-54, while the Brewers are 90-64.
If they make the World Series, the Phils will have home-field advantage since the National League won the All-Star Game.
If the season ended Monday, the Phillies would play the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL Division Series. But that certainly could change the way the Cardinals and Braves are playing. St. Louis has cut Atlanta's lead to just 2 1/2 games in the NL Wild Card race. If the Cards pass the Braves to win the Wild Card, they would play the Phillies in the NLDS.
St. Louis went 6-3 against Philadelphia this season.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.