The Dodgers (97-60) dropped the first game of the doubleheader, 4-1, before winning the nightcap 11-2. The Braves’ magic number dropped from 3 to 1 for the top spot in the NL. The Dodgers have clinched at least the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye.
The Braves victory also dropped their magic number to clinch the best record in baseball to 2. The Orioles (98-59) were 1-0 winners over the Nationals on Tuesday. Clinching the best record would mean home-field advantage in the World Series.
The Braves own the head-to-head tiebreaker over both the Dodgers and Orioles.
In other action, the Brewers clinched the NL Central and the No. 3 seed. The Phillies clinched a wild card spot and the No. 4 seed. The Phillies will host a wild-card series against the No. 5 seed, currently the Diamondbacks. The Brewers will host the No. 6 seed, currently the Cubs who hold a half game lead over the Marlins.
As the No. 1 seed, the Braves would play the winner of the Phillies’ wild card series in Philadelphia that begins Oct. 3.
Here’s the remaining schedules:
vs. Cubs: Wednesday-Thursday
vs. Nationals: Friday- Sunday
at Rockets: Wednesday-Thursday
at Giants: Friday-Sunday
vs. Nationals: Wednesday
vs. Red Sox: Thursday-Sunday