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Phillies' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 13, 2012

Phillies' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 13, 2012

Phillies' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 13, 2012
This is not unfamiliar territory for the Phillies.

Philly overcame a seven-game deficit with 17 games to play to win the National League East championship in 2007. The Phillies are making a similar run in 2012. With the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the Padres, Philadelphia crept within three games of the second NL Wild Card with 19 games to play following Wednesday's 3-1 victory over the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are riding a season-high seven-game winning streak to improve to 72-71, the first time they have been over .500 since June 3.

The Dodgers and Pirates are in between the Cardinals and the Phillies in the standings.

"We're in it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I'd say we're dead in it, yeah."

Thursday's key games to watch (all times ET)

Phillies (Cloyd, 1-1) at Astros (Harrell, 10-9), 8:05 p.m. Preview >

Cardinals (Lynn, 14-7) at Dodgers (Beckett, 6-13), 10:10 p.m. Preview >

If the postseason started today ...

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best AL record vs. Third-best AL record | Best AL record at Wild Card winner

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best NL record vs. Third-best NL record | Best NL record at Wild Card winner

Postseason Bracket »

Postseason 101

Magic numbers
To calculate a team's magic number, take the number of games it has remaining and add one. Then subtract the difference in the number of losses between that team and its closest pursuer.

Tiebreaker scenarios
A tiebreaker game will be played to determine a division winner, even if the tied clubs are assured of participating in the postseason. If a division championship tiebreaker is necessary, the head-to-head record between the clubs will determine home-field advantage. If the head-to-head record is tied, then the division record will be the next tiebreaker.

If two clubs are tied for the two Wild Card berths, home-field advantage will be determined by the head-to-head record between the clubs. If the head-to-head record is tied, then the division record will be the next tiebreaker.

Tiebreaker rules »

2012 postseason schedule
Wild Card playoff games: Oct. 5
Division Series: Oct. 6-12
AL Championship Series: Oct. 13-21
NL Championship Series: Oct. 14-22
World Series: Oct. 24-Nov. 1

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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