The Milwaukee Brewers won the National League Central with a 3-1 tiebreaker victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday, meaning they get to skip the win-or-go home wild-card game Tuesday and advance directly to Thursday’s NL Division Series.
So what comes next? If you need the basics, here are the things to know.
When are the Brewers back at Miller Park?
When the Division Series starts Thursday.
The Brewers clinched the best record in the National League and will have home-field advantage as long as they’re alive in the NL playoffs. That means the Brewers will play Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-five NLDS (opponent to be determined Tuesday) at Miller Park, then hit the road for Games 3 and 4 Sunday and Monday. If the decisive Game 5 is necessary, that will be back at Miller Park next Wednesday, Oct. 10.
Who are they playing?
They’ll play the Colorado Rockies, who won the NL wild-card game Tuesday night against the Cubs in 13 innings, 2-1. The Cubs season is over. The Rockies head to Milwaukee.
What time are they playing Thursday (and every day after that)?
Milwaukee will play at 4:07 p.m. CT on Thursday and 3:15 p.m. CT on Friday. Game 3 on Sunday, on the road, is slated for 3:37 p.m. CT in Denver (and that game will air on MLB Network, while the others air on FS1).
Major League Baseball announces game times as they go along. Early in the postseason, you can expect these weird times. In the championship series, you’ll see more night games, and in the World Series they’ll all be night games.
What happens if the Brewers keep winning?
If the Brewers win three games in the NLDS, they advance to the NL Championship Series (they got that far in 2011, too), and then it’s a best-of-seven format starting with Games 1 and 2 at Miller Park on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13. The series continues with Games 3-5 on the road Oct. 15, 16 and 17, then Games 6 and 7 back home, if necessary, on Oct. 19 and 20.
That Oct. 19 battle coincides with the Bucks’ home opener at Fiserv Forum downtown. So that could be quite the happening.
If the Brewers win four games in the NLCS, they’re off to the World Series for the first time since 1982. The Brewers probably won’t have home-field advantage at that point; that honor is awarded to the team that has the better record (regardless of whether they were a wild-card team). The only American League team with a worse record than Milwaukee is Cleveland, so that’s the only matchup that would yield an advantage for the Brewers.
The World Series begins Tuesday, Oct. 23. Unless it’s the Indians representing the American League, the Brewers would host Games 3-5 from Oct. 26-28. Game 7, if necessary, would be Wednesday, Oct. 31.
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How do I get tickets?
Go get them now! They’re sold out for the NLDS, but there’s plenty on the secondary market, and NLCS tickets will be available starting through a series of pre-sales that begin Thursday. A full rundown of ticket info can be found at https://www.mlb.com/brewers/tickets/postseason.
Remember, tickets are digital now
Tickets will only be sold digitally via the MLB Ballpark App. Fans will need the app on their phones to use their tickets for entry. There won’t be paper tickets, and the Brewers have posted a tutorial on their site on using the app.
This could be daunting for those who prefer printed tickets, and if fans simply cannot use a digital option, they are encouraged to call the Miller Park ticket office at (414) 902-4000 for more assistance. Within six hours of game time, there should be an option to have tickets printed at the ticket office (with a reprint fee), and fans will need a valid photo ID.
What’s the parking situation?
Postseason parking passes are available to buy in advance (and you should really, really do that) at mlb.com/brewers/tickets/postseason.
Preferred parking is $30, general parking $20 and bus parking $60 in advance. On the day of the event, the rates elevate to $40, $30 and $75.
All single-game ticket sales will have an opportunity to add on parking passes during the ordering process, subject to ticket availability. Parking passes will be digitally delivered, just like the tickets are.
Once a game is confirmed to be played, advanced parking passes can be purchased at the discounted rate by visiting the Miller Park Box Office before the day of the game.
Where can I watch these games on TV?
The NLDS games will be on Fox Sports 1 (with Game 3 on the MLB Network). Likewise, the NLCS games will air on FS1 or Fox (probably mostly on FS1), and the World Series games will all be on Fox.
So yes, you will need cable or satellite access to watch these games (until you get to the World Series).
All of the Brewers games will be on the radio on AM-620 in Milwaukee and statewide on the Brewers Radio Network. So you can always tune in to Bob Uecker.