LOS ANGELES -- The chances are slim, but there is still an outside shot a National League Wild Card tiebreaker would take place Thursday between the Dodgers and Cardinals at Dodger Stadium.
For that to happen, the Cardinals need to lose their last game against the Reds and the Dodgers need to win their final two against the Giants.
If the scenario unfolds, the Dodgers would enter the tiebreaker on an eight-game winning streak while the Cardinals would need to fly across the country after Wednesday night's game.
Dodgers right-hander Joe Blanton would likely face Kyle Lohse, and the winning team would travel to Atlanta for Friday's Wild Card showdown.
But first, L.A. needs to win Tuesday and then again on Wednesday, when Clayton Kershaw opposes the Giants' Ryan Vogelsong.
The Dodgers got help on Tuesday as St. Louis lost, 3-1, against a Cincinnati team that still has a chance of finishing with the NL's best record and home-field advantage. On Wednesday, the Reds will start Homer Bailey (13-10, 3.75 ERA), who threw a no-hitter his last time out, and the Cardinals could counter with Adam Wainwright (14-13, 3.94 ERA).
Alex Angert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.