Dodgers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 22, 2012

Dodgers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 22, 2012

Dodgers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 22, 2012
CINCINNATI -- With St. Louis having lost a day game, the Dodgers knew they could pick up a game in the National League Wild Card chase, and they did just that Friday night with a 3-1 win over the Reds in 10 innings.

The Cardinals lead the Brewers by 1 1/2 games and the Dodgers by two for the second Wild Card berth. St. Louis and Los Angeles have 11 games to play, Milwaukee has 12.

Dodgers rookie Stephen Fife fills in for Clayton Kershaw and starts Saturday's game against Mat Latos as the Reds can clinch the NL Central with a win or a Cardinals loss.

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

Dodgers (Fife, 0-1) at Reds (Latos, 12-4), 4:05 p.m. Preview >

Brewers (Peralta, 2-0) at Nationals (Gonzalez, 19-8), 1:05 p.m. Preview >

Cardinals (Wainwright, 13-13) at Cubs (Wood, 6-12), 1:05 p.m. Preview >

Braves (Minor, 9-10) at Phillies (Halladay, 10-7), 4:05 p.m. Preview >

Pirates (Correia, 11-9) at Astros (Keuchel, 2-7), 7:05 p.m. Preview >

D-backs (Corbin, 6-7) at Rockies (Francis, 5-6), 8:10 p.m. Preview >

Padres (Werner, 2-1) at Giants (Bumgarner, 15-10), 9:05 p.m. Preview >

If the postseason started today ...

This is how the teams would match up: 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

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