The Dodgers’ chances of securing home-field advantage for the first two rounds of the playoffs took another step backward Wednesday.
The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 4-1, giving them the best record in the National League at 94-65. The Atlanta Braves, who host the moribund Milwaukee Brewers tonight, are in a virtual tie at 93-64.
The Dodgers (91-66) are two games behind those teams with five games left in the regular season. If they are able to tie either team in the standings, the Dodgers have the advantage over the Cardinals based on their head-to-head record (4-3) but not the Braves (2-5).
If the standings don’t change, the Cardinals would host the Dodgers in Game 1 on Oct. 3.