Here’s where we stand this morning:
AL Wild Card
NL Wild Card
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 Cincy 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 heads to New York for three and Toronto for three.
- Texas closes out at home against with the Astros for two and the Angels for four.
- Cleveland hosts the White Sox for two, then heads to the Twin Cities for a four gamer.
- Kansas City hit the road for two in Seattle and four against the White Sox.
- Baltimore is back home to face Toronto and Boston for three each.
- The Yankees host the Rays for three and then close in Houston for three.
In the NL
- The Reds host the Mets for two and the Bucs for three.
- The Pirates close out on the road in Wrigley for two and Cincy for three.
- The Cardinals are head home to face the Nats for a pair and the Cubs for three.
Watch the A’s/Red Sox race
With the Oakland win over the Angels last night, the A’s have 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 are a half-game up over the Cardinals for the best record in the NL.
Watch the Pirates/Reds race
The Pirates and Reds are tied in the standings and if they stay that way 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