That means if the Brewers and Mets are tied after Sept. 28, they would play one game at Shea Stadium on Monday, Sept. 29, for a spot in the postseason. Entering Friday's games, the Mets had a 1 1/2-game lead over the Brewers in the Wild Card standings.
Last week, the Brewers let fans choose tails for the first series of coin flips and lost all three, meaning they would have to travel to face the Astros, Cardinals or Phillies. They did win a flip against the Cubs -- Chicago had the call -- so the Brewers would host a one-game playoff at Miller Park to determine the NL Central crown.
That final scenario is now all but impossible. The Cubs have a nine-game lead in the division and the Brewers have only nine games left to play, including Friday's series opener against the Reds. For that scenario to unfold, the Brewers would have to win all of their remaining games while the Cubs go 11-1, and the Phillies and Mets could lose only one more game apiece.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.