The Race to the Postseason Report

Here’s where we stand this morning:

AL Home Field Advantage and Wild Card Standings

BOS E 95 63 +7.5
OAK W 94 64 +6.5
DET C 92 66 +4.5
 TBR E 88 69 +1.0
 CLE C 87 70
 TEX W 86 71 1.0
 KCR C 83 74 4.0
 NYY E 82 75 5.0

NL Home Field Advantage Standings

NL Wild Card

ATL E 93 64 +3.5
STL C 93 65 +3.0
LAD W 91 66 +1.5
 PIT C 91 67 +1.0
 CIN C 90 68

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 for two and Toronto for three.
  • Texas closes out at home today against with the Astros and then the Angels for four.
  • Cleveland hosts the White Sox for one more, then heads to the Twin Cities for a four gamer.
  • Kansas City is in Seattle today and then in Chicago for four against the White Sox.
  • The Yankees host the Rays for two and then close in Houston for three.

In the NL

  • The Reds host the Mets today and the Bucs for three.
  • The Pirates close out on the road in Wrigley today and then in Cincy for three.
  • The Cardinals are home to face the Nats today and then the Cubs for three.

Watch the A’s/Red Sox race

Both Oakland and Boston lost last night keeping the A’s with the majors’ second-best record, just one game behind Boston in the battle over home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Watch the Braves/Cardinals race

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

Watch the Pirates/Reds race

The Pirates won and the Reds lost to the Mets giving Pittsburgh 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

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