The Milwaukee Brewers have clinched October baseball. At least for a game 163.
By beating the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, the Brewers guaranteed that at worst, they will finish tied for the second National League wild card slot with the Cardinals.
If they remain tied for that second slot, it would mean a one-game playoff on Monday.
If they defeat St. Louis Wednesday, they will automatically clinch a Wild Card berth and the Brewers' 5th postseason in franchise history.
The NL Wild Card game will be played Tuesday, October 2.
A bigger prize may be waiting for them if they catch up to the Chicago Cubs as well in the NL Central. With Chicago's loss Tuesday, the Brewers now are just a half game behind the Cubs in the division, and one game behind in the loss column.
If the Brewers win out and the Cubs lose once more, it means a division championship tiebreaker game in Chicago on Monday.
If the Brewers win out and the Cubs lose twice more, the Brewers own not only the NL Central, but the top seed in the National League playoffs and home field advantage until the World Series.