By Paul DiSclafani:
On Sunday afternoon, the Mets (80-71) had a two game lead on the Cardinals and a one game lead on the Giants. After two disappointing defeats to the last place Braves, there is suddenly a three-way tie. Sheesh…
Each team has 11 games left and if you are wondering what the Mets tie-breaking scenarios are, here is the reader’s Digest version:
- Mets own the tie-breaker over the Giants because they won the season’s series, 4-3
- The Mets and Cardinals split their series (3-3), so the next tie breaker is intra-division games
- The Cardinals own the tie-breaker over the Giants because they won their season series, 4-3
The Mets have all 11 games remaining against the NL East and with two losses to Atlanta are now 33-32 (.507). The Cardinals are 36-30 (.545) against the NL Central with 10 games remaining against their Division.
In the event of a three-way tie, to determine seeding for “play-in” games, the head-to-head records would be used:
- The Cardinals and Mets are 7-6 against both teams and the Giants are 6-8, so the Mets and Cardinals would have to play a game on October 4th to determine home field and the top Wild-Card position.
- The Giants would then have to travel to play the LOSER of Mets-Cardinals on October 5th.
- The winner of that game would play the top Wild-Card team on October 6th with the winner advancing to the NLDC against the Cubs.
As an example, if the Mets were to beat the Cardinals on 10/4:
- The Giants travel to St. Louis for a game on 10/5
- The winner travels to NY for the Wild-card game on 10/6.
Somehow, the two teams that have to play a game for home field advantage (the Mets and Cardinals) may have to play three consecutive games – the home-field game 10/4, the play-in game 10/5 and the Wild-Card game on 10/6. Then the winner has to go limping into the NLDC against the Cubbies. You think the Cubs are rooting for a 3-way tie?
How does baseball continue to manhandle these types of things?