In the rubber match of the three-game series with the Reds, the Dodgers were uncertain whether to start Clayton Kershaw and his sore hip or Aaron Harang on three days' rest. Harang has a 5.50 ERA in three starts on three days' rest.
Sunday's key games to watch (all times ET)
Dodgers (Harang, 9-10) at Reds (Bailey, 12-9), 8:05 p.m. Preview >
Braves (Hudson, 15-6) at Phillies (Lee, 6-7), 1:35 p.m. Preview >
Brewers (Gallardo, 16-8) at Nationals (Wang, 2-3), 1:05 p.m. Preview >
Pirates (Burnett, 15-8) at Astros (Lyles, 4-11), 2:05 p.m. Preview >
Cardinals (Lohse, 15-3) at Cubs (Germano, 2-8), 2:20 p.m. Preview >
D-backs (Kennedy, 14-11) at Rockies (Francis, 5-6), 3:10 p.m. Preview >
If the postseason started today ...
This is how the teams would match up: Postseason Bracket »
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.
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