09/30/07 4:57 PM ET
Wild Card might not be decided Sunday
Tiebreaker could force extra baseball before playoffs start
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com
With one game left in the regular season, that's where we're at in regards to the National League playoffs. And there's still a chance that Sunday won't solve anything. In fact, there's a chance that all four postseason participants won't be locked in until Monday.
The only certainty provided by Saturday's action was that the Diamondbacks, who clinched a playoff spot by winning Friday night, clinched the NL West title before they even stepped on the field Saturday in Colorado; the Padres' heart-breaking loss in 11 innings at Milwaukee killed San Diego's slim hopes for an NL West repeat.
But the Padres are still very much in the Wild Card mix, along with the Rockies, who ended up pounding the Snakes.
Only the Padres control their own destiny. Beat the Brewers and they're in as the NL Wild Card. Everyone else will be doing an awful lot of scoreboard-watching, including the executives at Turner Broadcasting.
Already gearing up for its first autumn of broadcasting an MLB postseason (all Division Series and the NL Championship Series), Turner -- utilizing TBS and TNT, as necessary -- will televise whatever tiebreaker games are required by Sunday's results.
And there could be quite a few of them. Here's the latest on what'll happen if Monday brings more ball.
If the Padres and Rockies finish in a tie for the Wild Card: A one-game playoff will be played Monday at Colorado.
Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.