Re: Loss column and games in hand
posted at 8/27/2013 11:32 AM EDT
In response to MadMc44's comment:
Good brain work all----the fact we won the season series regardless of the outcome of the three head to head meetings is a real plus. It will be interesting to see how we do in those three games against the Rays. It will be a good match for our pitching staff to see if they can match up against the Longoria/ Myers twosome.
Our pitching is coming together nicely.
I think if we are tied for the division lead we have to play the Rays in a one game tiebreaker-which would be in Boston because we already won the season series against them-to determine who is the division winner and who is the WC. Here is what I found:
Two-way tie for the division or wildcard [edit source | editbeta] Main article: One-game playoff
One game tie-breakers are played between teams tied for a division championship or the second wildcard berth in either league. These games are played the day after the season was scheduled to end. Home-field advantage for these games is determined using the rules listed below ("Breaking Ties Without Playoff Games").
From the implementation of the wild card in 1994 through to the end of the 2011 season, two teams tied for a division would not play a tie-breaker if their records were better than all non-division winners in the league - in that case, the tie was broken using the rules listed below ("Breaking Ties Without Playoff Games"). This scenario happened in the 2005 Major League Baseball season when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox tied for first place in the American League East - the Yankees were awarded the division title on account of a better head-to-head record against the Red Sox, while Boston received the wild card.
However, with the implementation of a second wild card berth and wild card game beginning in the 2012 season, the non-division winner with the best record in the league now faces the possibility of elimination on the first day of the postseason. As a result, the tie-breaking rules were changed so that two teams tied for a division championship must play a tie breaking game even if both teams have already qualified for the postseason. The team losing the tie-break would qualify for a wildcard berth only if its regular season record is one of the two best records of teams from each league that are not division champions. If the losing team's regular season record is tied with a team outside the division for the second wild card spot, a second tie-break would be held between the team losing the division championship tie-break and the team outside the division with the same record to determine the final wild card spot.
Starting in 2012, two wildcard teams are selected from each league. If these two teams are tied with each other (and with no other teams) at the end of the regular season, no tie-breaking game is played. Home field advantage in the Wild Card Showdown is awarded according to tie-breakers outlined in the next section.
Breaking ties without playoff games [edit source | editbeta]
- The team with the best record in head to head play.
- The team with the best overall record in intradivision games.
- The team with the best record in the final 81 games of the season, ignoringinterleague play.
- The team with the best record in the final 82 games of the season (providing the game added is not between the tied teams), extending backward until the tie is broken (since teams in the same division play each other as many as 19 times, this step is guaranteed to break the tie. Interleague games are skipped and ignored in this process.)