By sometime Friday night, either Chipper Jones will be out of baseball or the defending World Series champion Cardinals will be out of the playoffs.
One and done.
A pair of wild-card matchups — St. Louis at Atlanta, then Baltimore at Texas — to decide which teams advance to the next round. Part of the new, expanded post-season format, where 162 games, six months of grinding and upward of 50,000 pitches get boiled down to nine all-or-nothing innings.
Dramatic? Certainly. Fair? Well, depends on who you ask.