Mariners Tiebreaker Scenarios: What could happen to settle playoff spots
The Seattle Mariners go into the final series of the regular season not just alive for a postseason berth in the American League, but tied for the AL’s second wild card.
They still have a handful of other teams to deal with, though. What happens if the Mariners end up tied with another team for a wild card spot? Or if they end up tied with several other teams for one wild card? Or both wild cards?
Chaos Ball isn’t limited to on the field for these Mariners, it seems. Here’s a look at all the tiebreaker scenarios that could happen.
Two-club tie for one wild card
Protocol: One tiebreak game will be played on Monday, Oct. 4 (tentatively) to determine the wild card. Home-field advantage will be determined by the rules below for a two-team tiebreaker, which is based on head-to-head records from the regular season.
• Mariners/Red Sox selection order
• Mariners/Yankees selection order
1. New York
• Mariners/Blue Jays selection order
Protocol for one wild card: After clubs have been assigned A, B and C designations, Club A would host Club B on Monday, Oct. 4 (tentatively). The winner of the game would then host Club C on Tuesday, Oct. 5 (tentatively) to determine the wild card winner.
Protocol for two wild cards: After clubs have been assigned their A, B and C designations, Club A would host Club B on Monday, Oct 4 (tentatively). The winner of the game would be declared one wild card winner. Club C would then host the loser of the game between Club A and Club B on Tuesday, Oct. 5 (tentatively) to determine the second wild card.
• Mariners/Red Sox/Blue Jays selection order
• Mariners/Red Sox/Yankees selection order
2. New York
• Mariners/Yankees/Blue Jays selection order
2. New York
Protocol for two wild cards: After clubs have been assigned their A, B, C and D designations, Club A would host Club B, and Club C would host Club D on Monday, Oct. 4 (tentatively). The winners of each of those games would be declared the wild card clubs.
• Selection order
2. New York
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