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Okay, Orioles will have a chance at the division if they play like they did tonight and the Blue Jays play like they did in the middle two games...
That's probably it for the White Sox since the Rays are coming in for a four-game set tomorrow and the Tigers get to keep feasting on the Royals and Twins.
Maybe that was an attempt at a reverse jinx.
There was a desperate tension in Anaheim tonight. Everyone in the stands was on pins and needles. The Hunter game-winner released some serious tension, and thank goodness for it.
Second-to-last home game of the season, and my last game for 2012. A nice win, and I hope they keep it rolling, but I think they're just out of time.
They're a great example of how you can't look at aggregate numbers to assess the strength of a club going into a possible postseason. Right now, they're very good indeed, nothing fluky about them.
Having purged myself of bile, I'll turn around and say that the A's are pretty amazing. I hadn't seen them in person since late spring, and they are literally a different ballclub: the only players in the lineup both times I saw them this year were Reddick and Pennington.
Player Apr-May Jun-SepPennington .534 .638Donaldson .375 .860Smith .706 .796Gomes .766 .914Cespedes .753 .869Crisp .430 .808Reddick .880 .708Overall .620 .752
Yankees need to take 2 of 4 in Toronto for me to feel good about the division.
If they only take 2 of 4, they could enter the final three games of the season tied. That would not be a comfortable place to be, imo.
What happens if the Orioles, A's and Angels all end up tied?
A Jayson Stark article explains:
If these three teams end up deadlocked, the Angels would get to pick whether to play one road game or two home games. That's because they had the best head-to-head record among those three. We're guessing they'd opt to play just once. But they might want to reconsider, unless they want to risk another frequent-flier-mile extravaganza.
If they choose the one road game, then there's an A's-Orioles game Thursday, in Oakland. But if the Orioles win that one, it means (theoretically) that both the Angels and Orioles would have to fly to Baltimore for the wild-card game THE NEXT DAY. So would the Angels choose two home games over one road game? Interesting question.
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
I don't think this is true. Looking at the MLB tiebreaker rules, the A's would get to choose whether to play a road game or two home games since the A's won the season series against both the Angels and the Orioles:
• 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.
A dumb question, but one I can't find the answer to - under the new playoffs, who is the home team for the opening of the divsion series? Is it two games at the lesser team and then three at the better record/division champ?
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