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08-09-2012 09:52 AM #1
Three Way Tie for Wild Card Scenario
So, I know we're still far away from getting too excited about the playoffs, but looking at the standing today made me think, what will happen if the season ended with a 3 or 4 team tie for the Wild Card spot?
Is there somewhere online that goes through the tiebreaker scenarios? I know in some sports they take head-to-head in consideration, or win percentage against conference/divisional opponents. Or are their playoff games to get to the one game playoff game?
With all the changes to the Postseason, I didnt know if anyone knew how it broke down.
08-09-2012 09:58 AM #2Keys
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In all seriousness though, I have been wondering this same thing, my guess would be record vs AL opponents?
08-09-2012 09:59 AM #3
I was curious about this yesterday and found some info here:
It's wikipedia and possibly not super accurate, but it explained things a little for me.
08-09-2012 10:00 AM #4
There would be a playoff game to reach the playoff game. No team can be eliminated by a tie-breaker.
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08-09-2012 10:33 AM #9
It should just be the team with the 2nd best record vs the other two and the team with the best record vs the other two play the one game playoff. The 3rd team is out. A playoff game to get to a playoff game to get to a playoff series is too much.
08-09-2012 10:34 AM #10
08-09-2012 10:36 AM #11
It does list tie breakers for division champs (three way)
Three-way ties between division winners
If there is a three-way tie among all division champions, the team with the best record against both of the other division champion is given the top seed with the remaining teams seeded as follows:
Best record in games against own division.
Best overall record in the regular season ignoring interleague play.
The team with the best record in the final 81 games of the season, ignoring interleague play.
The team with the best record in the final 82 games of the season, extending backward until the tie is broken (since teams in the same division play each other as much as 19 times, this step is guaranteed to break the tie, with interleague games skipped and ignored in this process.)
If neither team has a better record against the other teams, immediately go to above tiebreaker.
I wonder if this would also apply for a three way tie for the wildcard?
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08-10-2012 05:43 AM #14
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I've been curious about this all year because the more rounds you have in the playoffs the more unwieldy the scenarios become. I'm with Frobby. I hope it happens.
I also think, that much like the NFL, this can add to the importance of the regular season. In the NFL the issue is home field; in baseball, it will be avoiding the play-in game.