The Central League standings could become set on Thursday under the following conditions:
Chunichi beats Hiroshima
Hanshin beats Yokohama
This combination would put Hanshin in second, Hiroshima in third, Chunichi in fourth, and Yokohama in fifth.
For Yokohama to finish in fourth, they would have to win all three of their remaining games (which includes one game against Chunichi).
For Hiroshima to finish in second, they would have to win both of their remaining games AND Hanshin would have to lose all four of their remaining games.