PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies' next task is to wait and see who they play in the postseason. They may know on Sunday or they may not. Philadelphia will open the National League Division Series at home on Wednesday and Thursday against either Milwaukee or Los Angeles. The Mets and Brewers enter Sunday tied atop the NL Wild Card standings. Since the Wild Card winner cannot play a team from within its own division in the first round, Milwaukee would head to Philadelphia if it is the entrant.
The same logic applies for the Mets, which is why the NL West-winning Dodgers would come to Philadelphia if New York wins. If the Mets and Brewers are tied after Sunday, they will play a one-game playoff at Shea Stadium on Monday. Either way, the Phillies would host Games 1 and 2, and Game 5, if necessary, on Oct. 7. They Phillies are 5-1 against the Brewers this season, but most recently, they overwhelmed them in a four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park on Sept. 11-14. Against the Dodgers, it was all about home-field advantage. The Phillies swept four from the Dodgers in Philadelphia, but lost four straight in Los Angeles. Does it matter who the Phillies play? "Absolutely not," right fielder Jayson Werth said. "We still have to win."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.