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    Complex tiebreaker scenarios could be needed to decide who makes the playoffs

    http://mlb.mlb.com/content/printer_f...7/c2234241.jsp

    Races could reach dizzying heights
    09/28/2007 11:14 AM ETBy Mychael Urban / MLB.com

    Thursday's hot story -- the possibility of a five-way tie in the National League -- lasted just 24 hours, ending late last night when Colorado defeated the Dodgers, 10-4, extending its winning streak to 11 games and leaving the upstart Rockies two games behind the first-place Diamondbacks.

    With the D-Backs starting a three-game set at what will no doubt be a packed and raucous Coors Field on Friday night, there is no possibility those two teams could end up tied, thus ending the possibility of a five-way tie.

    But a four-way tie is still a possibility and looked just a touch more likely after the Mets lost and the Phillies won, putting those two in a tie for first in the NL East at 87-72. The Rockies also hold that mark, with San Diego one game better and Arizona two games better.

    There never has been anything like this Magical Mystery Tour in the sport's history, a regular season that still almost seems destined to last beyond the scheduled Sunday finales despite the end of a possible five-way tie.

    To stay on top of this thoroughly enjoyable logjam, Major League Baseball conducted additional coin tosses Thursday to bring clarity to the four-way playoff tiebreaker scenarios that remain in play.

    Turner Broadcasting, already gearing up for its first autumn of broadcasting an MLB postseason (all Division Series and the National League Championship Series), would televise any playoff tiebreakers on Monday, or Tuesday, if necessary.
    Turner would utilize TBS and TNT, as necessary, if multiple tiebreakers are played, although the end of a possible five-way tie means it all will be decided by Tuesday, at the latest, because any possible four-way tie at this point could only include two of the three NL West contenders.

    The four American League participants are decided, and only deciding their actual ALDS matchups remains.


    If there's a four-way tie among the Mets, Phillies, D-Backs and Padres:

    • The Mets and Phillies would play in Philly on Monday to crown the East champ.

    • The Friars and Snakes would go at it Monday in Arizona for the NL West crown.

    • Monday's losing teams would play Tuesday to decide the Wild Card. The Diamondbacks would have to go to Philly or New York. The Padres would either host the Phils or travel to New York. If the Rockies were in the mix here, they'd host either way.

    If there's a four-way tie among the Mets, Phillies, Rockies and Padres:

    • The Mets and Phillies would play in Philly on Monday to crown the East champ.

    • The Rox and Friars would go at it Monday in San Diego for the NL West crown.

    • Monday's losing teams would play Tuesday to decide the Wild Card. The Rockies would host either Philly or New York. The Padres would host the Phillies, but play at the Mets.

    Here are some other more traditional scenarios:

    If the Mets and Phillies finish tied atop the East: A one-game playoff will be played Monday at Philly's Citizens Bank Park.

    If the Cubs and Brewers finish in a tie atop the Central: A one-game playoff will be played Monday at Chicago's Wrigley Field.

    If the D-backs and Padres finish in a tie atop the West: A one-game playoff will be played Monday at Arizona's Chase Field.

    If the Rockies and Padres finish in a tie atop the West: A one-game playoff will be played Monday at San Diego's PETCO Park.

    If the Padres and Phillies finish in a tie for the Wild Card: A one-game playoff will be played Monday at PETCO.

    If the Padres and Rockies finish in a tie for the Wild Card: A one-game playoff will be played Monday at Colorado's Coors Field.

    If the Phillies and Rockies finish in a tie for the Wild Card: A one-game playoff will be played Monday at Coors Field.
    It's also possible that more than one game will be needed to break a tie.

    If the Padres, Rockies and Phillies finish in a three-way tie for the Wild Card: The head-to-head records among the three teams would be used to designate each club as A, B or C. The club with the best such record would have the first choice, the club with the second-best record would have the second choice, and the club with the worst record among the three would get the remaining option.

    • The Phillies went 4-3 vs. the Padres and 3-4 vs. the Rockies (7-7 overall).

    • The Rockies went 10-8 vs. the Padres and 4-3 vs. the Phillies (14-11 overall).

    • The Padres went 8-10 vs. the Rockies and 3-4 vs. the Phillies (11-14 overall).

    Thus, the Rockies would have the first choice to be designated as club A, B or C. The Phillies would have the second choice. The Padres would get the remaining option, and the games would then be played as follows. A hosts B on Monday, with the winner hosting C on Tuesday.

    They're still playing meaningful games in the American League, too. Matchups aren't set in cement yet; the two AL division winners with the highest winning percentages will have home-field advantage in their respective ALDS, and the Red Sox still have a magic number of two to clinch the East.

    And then there's the new wrinkle that gives the team with the best winning percentage in the league the option of starting their first-round series on Wednesday or Thursday. The teams that starts Wednesday gets an extra day off, thereby ensuring that its top two starters will be available twice.


    Here's what you need to know in the AL:

    If the Red Sox and Yankees finish the regular season tied: The Yankees will be declared the division winners based on their 10-8 advantage over the Red Sox in their season series.

    If the Indians and Red Sox finish in a tie for best record in the league: Boston, which beat Cleveland, 5-2, in the season series, gets the nod.

    If the Indians and Angels finish in a tie: The teams split 10 games during the regular season, so it'll go to the second tie-breaker, based on division records. The Indians are currently 46-23 (.667) against the AL Central and the Angels are 30-21 (.588) against the AL West, so the advantage would go to the Tribe.

    If the Red Sox and Angels finish in a tie: Advantage Boston, based on winning six of 10 against the Halos this season.

    If the Indians, Angels and Red Sox all finish in a tie: The top seed would go to the team with the best record against both of the other division champions, and Boston currently holds that hammer.


    • The Red Sox went 5-2 vs. the Indians and 6-4 vs. the Angels (11-6 overall).

    • The Indians went 2-5 vs. the Red Sox and 5-5 vs. the Angels (7-10 overall).

    • The Angels went 4-6 vs. the Red Sox and 5-5 vs. the Indians (9-11 overall).

    Then, in order to break the tie between the Indians and the Angels, it reverts back to the season series between the teams, which we've already told you was tied, and the Indians would again win the second tiebreaker based on division records.

    And in case you're wondering, the Yankees went 6-0 vs. the Indians and 3-6 vs. the Angels (9-6 overall), so if they managed to sneak into a four-way tie for best overall record, they'd be the top seed because they have that division hammer on the Red Sox.

    Now start planning your Friday. You've got a lot of big games to keep an eye on.
    /r/reds

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    Re: Complex tiebreaker scenarios could be needed to decide who makes the playoffs

    So... who else is rooting for the Rockies?
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Re: Complex tiebreaker scenarios could be needed to decide who makes the playoffs

    I'm rooting for chaos
    Go Gators!

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    Re: Complex tiebreaker scenarios could be needed to decide who makes the playoffs

    Just another way to prove the BCS doesn't work.

    Oh wait, wrong sport.


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