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Edd Roush
09-14-2010, 10:55 AM
If the Reds make the playoffs as the division champs, but Atlanta and Philly both have better overall records and the West Division champ has a worse record than the Reds, will the Reds have home field in Game 1 over the wild card team (Atlanta or Philly) or will the Reds be on the road for Game 1? Didn't know where to look for this information. Thanks.

Homer Bailey
09-14-2010, 11:01 AM
I believe the answer is yes, but I'm sure someone here knows for sure.

Reds Fanatic
09-14-2010, 11:01 AM
If the Reds make the playoffs as the division champs, but Atlanta and Philly both have better overall records and the West Division champ has a worse record than the Reds, will the Reds have home field in Game 1 over the wild card team (Atlanta or Philly) or will the Reds be on the road for Game 1? Didn't know where to look for this information. Thanks.

Reds would be at home for game 1 if they have one of the 2 best records in the league. Best record they would host the wild card team unless the wild card was from their division which is not going to happen this year. 2nd best record they would either host the division winner with the 3rd best record or the wild card if the wild card is in the same division as the team with the best record. If the Reds have the 3rd best record among the division winners they would be on the road for games 1 and 2.

Captain Hook
09-14-2010, 11:05 AM
Reds would be at home for game 1 if they have one of the 2 best records in the league. Best record they would host the wild card team unless the wild card was from their division which is not going to happen this year. 2nd best record they would either host the division winner with the 3rd best record or the wild card if the wild card is in the same division as the team with the best record. If the Reds have the 3rd best record among the division winners they would be on the road for games 1 and 2.

What if the Reds have the 2nd best record among division winners but not as good as the WC team?

Edd Roush
09-14-2010, 11:06 AM
What if the Reds have the 2nd best record among division winners but not as good as the WC team?

Haha thanks, that was what I was trying to ask.

Reds Fanatic
09-14-2010, 11:08 AM
What if the Reds have the 2nd best record among division winners but not as good as the WC team?

Wild card team will always be on the road to start even if they have a better record than a division winner.

The only thing with wild card teams is they don't let them be matched up with a team in the same division in the division series. So if Atlanta and Philly both make it and say Philly has the best overall record they would not play Atlanta in the division series. Even if the wild card had a better record than the Reds the Reds as the division winner would host games 1 and 2.

Edd Roush
09-14-2010, 11:16 AM
Wild card team will always be on the road to start even if they have a better record than a division winner.

The only thing with wild card teams is they don't let them be matched up with a team in the same division in the division series. So if Atlanta and Philly both make it and say Philly has the best overall record they would not play Atlanta in the division series. Even if the wild card had a better record than the Reds the Reds as the division winner would host games 1 and 2.

Thanks a lot. Really hoping the Reds can pull home field and get the Wednesday Game 1!!

Reds Fanatic
09-14-2010, 11:20 AM
Looking at the current records this may go right down to end of the season to determine best records and home field advantage. Currently Philly has the best record and is 1.5 games better than the Reds record. The Reds have a half game better record than San Diego.

Edd Roush
09-14-2010, 11:33 AM
Looking at the current records this may go right down to end of the season to determine best records and home field advantage. Currently Philly has the best record and is 1.5 games better than the Reds record. The Reds have a half game better record than San Diego.

Agreed. I hate playing the who is the best match-up for the Reds game, but home-field advantage would be big. Each playoff contender has a markedly better home record than road record. Starting off a playoff series at home would be big for this team. Just gotta keep on putting up Ws.

Eric_the_Red
09-14-2010, 11:43 AM
Semi-related: does anyone recall when the game times are announced? I'm hoping the Reds play after work. (Not that I wouldn't call off anyway.)

Reds Fanatic
09-14-2010, 11:46 AM
Semi-related: does anyone recall when the game times are announced? I'm hoping the Reds play after work. (Not that I wouldn't call off anyway.)

Usually it is Monday after the season ends is when you find out. Now if one game playoffs are necessary that may delay it a bit but probably Monday October 4th we will find out.

Benihana
09-14-2010, 11:55 AM
The Reds recently sent out a ticketing email suggesting that their home playoff dates would be

Wed Oct 7
Fri Oct 9
Sat Oct 16
Sun Oct 17
Sat Oct 23
Sun Oct 24

That would imply that they had home field advantage for both rounds of the NL playoffs? Is that inaccurate? Does it depend on final regular season records even if you are a Division Champ?

cumberlandreds
09-14-2010, 11:57 AM
Here's the schedule as is. The times of the games won't be set and exactly which days the Reds would play won't be determined until, most likely, after the regular season. They will play either Oct 6 or 7 in game 1 and it will be televised by TBS. The NLCS will be televised by FOX.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/ps.jsp?y=10&tcid=mm_mlb_schedule

Reds Fanatic
09-14-2010, 12:00 PM
The Reds recently sent out a ticketing email suggesting that their home playoff dates would be

Wed Oct 7
Fri Oct 9
Sat Oct 16
Sun Oct 17
Sat Oct 23
Sun Oct 24

That would imply that they had home field advantage for both rounds of the NL playoffs? Is that inaccurate? Does it depend on final regular season records even if you are a Division Champ?

It depends on records. If the Reds put out that mail with dates they are just guessing on dates we won't know for sure until after the season.

Roy Tucker
09-14-2010, 12:51 PM
According to Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball



Within each league, the division winners are the #1, #2 and #3 seeds, based on win/loss records. The wild-card team is the #4 seed — regardless of its record — and is paired against the highest seed outside of its own division in the first round of the playoffs, while the remaining two division champions play each other. In the first two rounds, the better-seeded team has home-field advantage, regardless of record.[57]

The team belonging to the league that won the mid-season All-Star Game receives home-field advantage in the World Series.

Cyclone792
09-14-2010, 12:52 PM
The Reds recently sent out a ticketing email suggesting that their home playoff dates would be

Wed Oct 7
Fri Oct 9
Sat Oct 16
Sun Oct 17
Sat Oct 23
Sun Oct 24

That would imply that they had home field advantage for both rounds of the NL playoffs? Is that inaccurate? Does it depend on final regular season records even if you are a Division Champ?

Right now the probability is that the Reds should get home field for the NLDS, but that is far from certain. They have to ensure that they finish with at at least the second best record among division winners.

Given that the Padres, Giants and Rockies have tough schedules remaining, one can say that it's likely the Reds would finish with a better record than the NL West champ if they can play well these last few weeks. The upcoming Padres series in San Diego looms large for this discussion; the Reds have to go out there and win some games rather than getting kicked around.