The Race for the Postseason Report

Here’s where we stand this morning:

AL Home Field Advantage and Wild Card Standings

BOS E 96 63 +7.5
OAK W 94 65 +5.5
DET C 93 66 +4.5
 TBR E 89 69 +1.0
 CLE C 88 70
 TEX W 87 71 1.0

NL Home Field Advantage Standings

STL C 94 65 +4.0
ATL E 93 65 +3.5
LAD W 91 67 +1.5
 PIT C 91 68 +1.0
 CIN C 90 69

If the postseason began today

In the AL:
The Rays and the Indians would meet in Tampa for the AL play-in game with the winner going to Fenway to face the Red Sox and the losers going home. The A’s and the Tigers would be meeting in the other bracket.
In the NL:
The Reds and the Pirates would meet in the NL play-in game in Pittsburgh with the winner heading to Atlanta to face the Braves and the losers going home. The Dodgers and Cardinals would meet in the other bracket.

But the season doesn’t end today

In the AL

  • Tampa is in New York tonight and Toronto for three.
  • Texas closes out at home with the Angels for four.
  • Cleveland heads to the Twin Cities for a four gamer.

In the NL

  • The Braves host the Phils for four
  • The Reds host the Bucs for three.
  • The Pirates close out in Cincy for three.
  • The Cardinals are home to face the Cubs for three.

Watch the A’s/Red Sox race

Both Oakland lost and Boston won last night keeping the A’s with the majors’ second-best record, but now two games behind Boston in the battle over home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Watch the Braves/Cardinals race

The Cardinals are now a half-game up over the Braves for the best record in the NL.

Watch the Pirates/Reds race

Both the Pirates and the Reds lost leaving Pittsburgh with a one game lead for home field in the one game play-in. If they end the season tied in the standings, tiebreakers will be used to determine who would host a one-game wildcard play-in game. These teams are both still in the race for the NL Central title and best record in the NL.

Determining Home-Field Advantage in Two-Team Tiebreakers

1. Head-to-head winning percentage during the 2013 regular season.
2. Higher winning percentage in intradivision games.
3. Higher winning percentage in the last half of intraleague games.
4. Higher winning percentage in the last half plus one intraleague game, provided that such additional game was not between the two tied clubs. Continue to go back one intraleague game at a time until the tie has been broken.

2013 postseason start dates

NL Wild Card Game: Oct. 1 / AL Wild Card Game: Oct. 2
NL Division Series begin: Oct. 3 / AL Division Series begin: Oct. 4
NL Championship Series begins: Oct. 11 / AL Championship Series begins: Oct. 12
World Series begins: Oct. 23