Brewers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 16, 2012

Brewers' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 16, 2012

MILWAUKEE -- The resurgent Rickie Weeks knows the Brewers need wins to keep on climbing up the National League Wild Card standings, and they need some help.

On Saturday, they got both.

A 9-6 win over the Mets at Miller Park, coupled with the Dodgers' thrilling win over the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium, pushed Milwaukee another step closer to the NL's second Wild Card spot. The Cards and Dodgers are tied at 76-70, followed by the Pirates two games back, the Brewers 2 1/2 games back and the Phillies three games back.

"We need some help, coming from behind," Weeks said. "The best thing we have is this clubhouse right here. Everyone keeps it light, and keeps coming to the ballpark ready to play. We want to get to the playoffs, obviously. Going to the playoffs two years in a row would be great for the organization."

The Brewers finish their series with the Mets on Sunday behind rookie right-hander Wily Peralta, then have a Monday off-day before a tough, 10-game road trip to Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Cincinnati.

Today's key games to watch (all times ET)

Mets (Young, 4-7) at Brewers (Peralta, 1-0), 2:10 p.m. Preview >

Phillies (Halladay, 10-7) at Astros (Lyles, 4-11), 2:05 p.m. Preview >

Pirates (Locke 0-1, 4-5) at Cubs (Volstad, 3-10), 2:20 p.m. Preview >

Cardinals (Wainwright 13-13) at Dodgers (Fife, 0-1), 4:10 p.m. Preview >

If the postseason started today ...

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best AL record vs. Third-best AL record | Best AL record at Wild Card winner

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best NL record vs. Third-best NL record | Best NL record at Wild Card winner

Postseason Bracket »

Postseason 101

Magic numbers
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.

Tiebreaker scenarios
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

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.