10/04/09 1:13 AM EST
Phils clinch home-field advantage in NLDS
Club secures second-best NL record with St. Louis' loss
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
The Milwaukee Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Saturday to guarantee the Phillies the second-best record amongst NL division winners. Philadelphia is 92-69 and St. Louis is 91-70, but even if the Phils lose and the Cards win Sunday to both finish 92-70, the Phillies win the tiebreaker against the Redbirds because they went 4-1 against them this season.
But because the Phillies lost to the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park, 4-3, they lost the chance to potentially finish with the best record in the NL.
The Phillies, who have lost three consecutive games, can finish no better than 93-69. The Dodgers clinched the NL West on Saturday and will finish with no worse than a 94-68 record.
The Phillies will host the Rockies, who are the NL Wild Card winners, in Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Phillies still could have home-field advantage in the NLCS, but only if the Cardinals beat the Dodgers in the NLDS.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.