The Don’t Lose Hope: A Three-Way is Still Possible Report

by Bill Chuck on September 29, 2013

How’s this for Wild Card standings on the last day of the regular season?

Tm W L W-L% Strk Home Road ≥.500 <.500 last10 last20 last30
 CLE 91 70 .565 W 9 51-30 40-40 36-52 55-18 9-1 15-5 20-10
 TEX 90 71 .559 W 6 45-35 45-36 36-38 54-33 8-2 10-10 14-16
 TBR 90 71 .559 L 2 51-30 39-41 46-46 44-25 7-3 13-7 15-15
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2013.

The Indians…

The Indians moved into sole possession of the AL wild-card lead, beating the Minnesota Twins, 5-1, and extending their winning streak to nine. After a rain delay of 2 hours, 26 minutes at the start, Scott Kazmir (10-9) allowed one run and six hits in six innings, and Marc Rzepczynski, Cody Allen and Joe Smith each followed with an inning of hitless relief.

The Rangers…

Closer Joe Nathan struck out Howie Kendrick, the tying run at the plate, to close out the Rangers’ sixth straight victory, beating the Los Angeles Angels 7-4. The Angels made five errors for a game for the first time since Sept. 16, 2006. Nathan has 43 saves in 46 chances.

The Rays…

Tampa Bay dropped into a tie with Texas for the second AL wild-card berth, losing to Toronto, 7-2. Ryan Goins and Kevin Pillar hit two-run home runs for the Blue Jays. The Rays lost their second straight following a seven-game winning streak.

Fantasizing a three-way tie:

This is what would happen:

  • The Rays would play the Indians in Cleveland tomorrow, with the winner of that game gets the first wild-card spot while the loser plays the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday. The winner of that game gets the second wild-card spot.
  • If the Rays lose the first game and win the second, they’d have the homefield advantage in the wild-card game Wednesday as they won the season series against Indians 4-2.

If there is a two-team tie for the second wild-card spot

  • The tiebreaker game will be played tomorrow at the team that won the season series. 

Head-to-Head Season Series Records/Combined Records :

  • TB won season series against CLE, 4-2; Combined Records: CLE: 7-5 (.583)
  • TEX won season series against TB, 4-3; Combined Records: TB: 7-6 (.538)
  • CLE won season series against TEX, 5-1. Combined Records: TEX: 5-8 (.385)

Here’s what we know:

In the AL:

  • The Red Sox will be awaiting at Fenway to face the winner of the Wild Card play-in game. The Red Sox clinched home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs after Oakland lost to Seattle.
  • The A’s and the Tigers would be meeting in Oakland in the other bracket.

In the NL:

Rk Tm W L W-L% Strk Home Road
1 STL 96 65 .596 W 5 53-27 43-38
2 ATL 95 66 .590 L 1 55-25 40-41
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2013.
  • The Reds and the Pirates would meet in the NL play-in game in Pittsburgh after Pittsburgh’s 8-3 victory over Cincinnati locks up the game at PNC Park on Tuesday, at 8:00.
  • The winner heads either to Atlanta to face the Braves or St. Louis to face the Cards and the losers going home.
  • The Dodgers are the number three seed and will play either Cardinals in St. Louis or Braves in Atlanta, in the other bracket.

Today’s Games

  • The Rays are in Toronto and Indians are in Minnesota, while the Rangers are at home against the Angels.
  • The Cards host the Cubs and the Braves host the Phils. 

Wildcard playoff times

  • Monday: 4:07pm ET (three-way tie) or 8:07pm ET (two-team tie)
  • Tuesday: 4:07pm ET (three-way tie), 8:07pm ET (NL wild-card game on TBS)
  • Wednesday: 8:07pm ET (AL wild-card game on TBS)

2013 postseason start dates

  • NL Wild Card Game: Oct. 1 / AL Wild Card Game: Oct. 2
  • NL Division Series begin: Oct. 3 / AL Division Series begin: Oct. 4
  • NL Championship Series begins: Oct. 11 / AL Championship Series begins: Oct. 12
  • World Series begins: Oct. 23

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