The Still Hoping for a Three-Way Report

by Bill Chuck on September 27, 2013

How great is this?

There are three teams battling for two AL Wild Card slots and this is what they’re doing:

Rk Tm G W L W-L% Strk ▾
1 TBR 159 90 69 .566 W 7
2 CLE 159 89 70 .560 W 7
3 TEX 159 88 71 .553 W 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2013.

In Texas…

Jurickson Profar hit a walkoff pinch-hit 9th inning homer to enable the Rangers to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-5. It was the Rangers fourth straight walkoff win. The Angels scored three unearned runs in the 2nd when the Rangers set a club record with four errors (Mitch Moreland, Ian Kinsler had two errors on a grounder, and Adrian Beltre). It gave the Rangers their seventh walkoff win of the season and their fourth against the Angels.

In the postgame celebration in the clubhouse, the 20-year old Profar was doused with beer, but Rangers closer Joe Nathan said no rules were broken.

“Well, he didn’t drink any,” Nathan said. “He just wore it. Clothes aren’t under age.”

And in Atlanta…

Jason Heyward hit a leadoff homer and had five hits as the Braves beat the Phillies, 7-1.

Here’s where we stand this morning:

AL Home Field Advantage and Wild Card Standings

Tm W L GB
BOS E 96 63 +7.0
OAK W 94 65 +5.0
DET C 93 66 +4.0
 TBR E 90 69 +1.0
 CLE C 89 70
 TEX W 88 71 1.0
 
 
 

NL Home Field Advantage Standings

Tm W L GB
ATL E 94 65 +4.0
STL C 94 65 +4.0
LAD W 91 68 +1.0
 PIT C 91 68 +1.0
 CIN C 90 69
 
 

If the postseason began today

In the AL:
The Rays and the Indians would meet in Tampa for the AL play-in game with the winner going to Fenway to face the Red Sox and the losers going home. The A’s and the Tigers would be meeting in the other bracket.
In the NL:
The Reds and the Pirates would meet in the NL play-in game in Pittsburgh with the winner heading to Atlanta to face the Braves and the losers going home. The Dodgers and Cardinals would meet in the other bracket.

But the season doesn’t end today

In the AL

  • Tampa is in  Toronto for three.
  • Texas closes out at home with the Angels for three.
  • Cleveland is in the Twin Cities for a four gamer.

In the NL

  • The Braves host the Phils for three
  • The Reds host the Bucs for three.
  • The Pirates close out in Cincy for three.
  • The Cardinals are home to face the Cubs for three.

Watch the A’s/Red Sox race
The A’s have the majors’ second-best record, but are two games behind Boston in the battle over home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Watch the Braves/Cardinals race
The Cardinals are now a half-game up over the Braves for the best record in the NL.

Watch the Pirates/Reds race
Pittsburgh has a one game lead for home field in the one game play-in. If they end the season tied in the standings, tiebreakers will be used to determine who would host a one-game wildcard play-in game. These teams are both still in the race for the NL Central title and best record in the NL.

Watch the Braves/Cardinals race
Atlanta’s win enabled the Braves to move into a tie with the idle Cardinals at 94-65 for the best record in the National League. The Braves won the season-series against St. Louis and would win the NL’s No. 1 seed if the teams finish tied.

Determining Home-Field Advantage in Two-Team Tiebreakers

1. Head-to-head winning percentage during the 2013 regular season.
2. Higher winning percentage in intradivision games.
3. Higher winning percentage in the last half of intraleague games.
4. Higher winning percentage in the last half plus one intraleague game, provided that such additional game was not between the two tied clubs. Continue to go back one intraleague game at a time until the tie has been broken.

In case of a three-way

1. All Three Clubs Have Identical Records Against One Another

• Club with highest winning percentage among three tied clubs in intradivision games chooses its designation, followed by the team with the next highest winning percentage in intradivision games. If any two of the clubs have identical winning percentages, then then the two-Club tiebreak rules will break that tie. If all three Clubs have identical winning percentages, then;

• Club with the highest winning percentage in the last half of intraleague games chooses its designation, followed by the team with the next highest winning percentage in intraleague games. If any two of the clubs have identical winning percentages, then then the two-Club tiebreak rules will break that tie. If all three Clubs have identical winning percentages, then;

• Club with the highest winning percentage in the last half plus one intraleague game, provided that such additional game was not between any of the tied Clubs, chooses its designation, followed by the team with the next highest winning percentage in the last half plus one intraleague game. Continue to go back one intraleague game at a time until the tie has been broken.

2. Three Clubs Do Not Have Identical Records Against One Another

• If Club 1 has a better record against Clubs 2 and 3, and Club 2 has a better record against Club 3, then Club 1 chooses its designation, followed by Club 2.

• If Club 1 has a better record against Clubs 2 and 3, and Club 2 and 3 have identical records against one another, then Club 1 chooses its designation. Clubs 2 and 3 would follow the two-Club tiebreak rules to break their tie to pick the next designation.

• If Club 1 and 2 have identical records against one another, but each has a better record against Club 3, then Clubs 1 and 2 would follow the two-Club tiebreak rules to break their tie to pick the first designation.

• If Club 1 has a better record against Club 2, Club 2 has a better record against Club 3, and Club 3 has a better record against Club 1; OR Club 1 has a better record against Club 2, Club 2 and 3 have identical records against one another and Club 3 has a better record against Club 1; OR Club 1 and 2 have identical records against one another, Club 1 has a better record against Club 3 and Club 2 and 3 have identical records against one another, then:

a. The Clubs will be ranked by their overall winning percentage amongst the other Clubs combined. The Club with the highest overall winning percentage in that group chooses its designation, followed by the team with the next highest overall winning percentage.

b. If two of the Clubs have identical winning percentages, then they would follow the two-Club tiebreak rules to break their tie to pick their designation.

c. If all three teams have identical winning percentages, then the tiebreak rules above (No. 1) for three clubs having identical records against one another should be followed.

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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