Over the 162-game 2012 season, the Atlanta Braves finished with a better record than the St. Louis Cardinals, winning 94 games to St. Louis' 88.
Yet the Braves must win one more game -- Friday at Turner Field -- to advance to the full playoff schedule.
This season, a new wrinkle by Major League Baseball dictates that the two second-place teams with the best records play one post-season game. That one-game survivor then becomes the wild-card team.
That's right -- if Atlanta loses Friday, their regular season advantage over St. Louis is for naught. The winner will advance to play the Washington Nationals, the NL division winner with the best record, on Sunday.
If there's any consolation, the Braves will throw their good luck charm, pitcher Kris Medlen, vs. the Cardinals on Friday. The Braves have won 23 consecutive starts by Medlen - a modern record.
-- So now we ask, do you think Atlanta will win Friday? Do you like the idea of a one-game playoff to determine the wild-card team? Tell us in the comments below.