Braves still don’t know playoff opponent - and might not until Monday

Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after giving up a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the third inning at Busch Stadium on September 28, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after giving up a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the third inning at Busch Stadium on September 28, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Credit: Dilip Vishwanat

Credit: Dilip Vishwanat

The Braves will play their final game of the regular season Sunday — and they still don’t know their opponent when the open the National League Division Series on Thursday.

And the might now know until Monday evening.

This much we know. The Braves will host the winner of the NL Central. That will be either the Cardinals or the Brewers. The Cardinals hold a one-game lead over the Brewers going into the 162nd game of the season Sunday. Both teams have lost the first two games of their final series, including the Cardinals falling to the Cubs, 8-6, and the Brewers falling to the Rockies, 3-2 in 10 innings, on Saturday.

The Cardinals will clinch the division with a win or a Brewers loss today. However, if the Cardinals lose and the Brewers win, a tiebreaker is scheduled for Monday in St. Louis with a 3:09 p.m. start time. The winner of the tiebreaker will face the Braves. The loser will play the Nationals in the wild card game with the winner advancing to fact the Dodgers, who have home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.

The Braves clinched the NL East more than a week ago before finishing a series with the Giants and ending on the road against the Royals and Mets. Still they wait.

The American League playoffs are set. The Astros have home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs and will play the winner of the wild card game between the Rays and A’s. The Yankees will hos the Twins in the other ALDS.