Wed., September 28, 2011 11:11am (EDT)

Braves' Playoff Hopes Down To Final Day
By Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA   —  
The Braves squeezed into the postseason last year by winning on the regular season's final day.  Can they do it again? (GPB file)
The Braves squeezed into the postseason last year by winning on the regular season's final day. Can they do it again? (GPB file)
Wednesday is major league baseball's final day of the regular season, and the Atlanta Braves have fallen into a tie for the National League Wild Card playoff spot.

It was another loss for the Braves to the Phillies Tuesday night 7-1. Combined with the St. Louis Cardinals win at Houston, erased Atlanta's slim 1-game edge.

Should the Braves and Cardinals both win, or both lose their respective games Wednesday, a one game playoff will be held Thursday in St. Louis to determine the Wild Card winner. However, if one wins while the other loses, the winner earns the wild card outright.

The Braves held an 8-and-a-half game lead in the wild Card chase as late as September 5th. If they don't make the playoffs, the collapse would represent the biggest in National League history from that point on the calendar.