Here’s how MLB would break three-way tie for second AL wild card
Over the years, Major League Baseball has had many one-game playoffs to settle two-way ties for a single postseason berth.
We’ve yet to witness a three-team tiebreaker, but that could change in the next several days.
The race for the second American League wild card is the potential source of this delightful chaos, with the Houston Astros holding only a one-game lead over the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels entering play Friday.
If the teams finish the weekend with identical records, here’s what would happen next:
* MLB would schedule a two-day tiebreaker and delay the AL Wild Card Game — presently scheduled for Tuesday — by one day. Team "A" would host Team "B" on Monday, with the winner hosting Team "C" on Tuesday. The eventual winner would travel to New York to play the Yankees in Wednesday’s Wild Card Game.
* The Angels would have priority in selecting their designation within the tiebreaker because they have the best head-to-head record among the three teams in 2015. The Astros would choose next, followed by the Twins.
* The Angels would elect to be Team "C," because they’d need to win only one game — Tuesday, on the road — in order to secure the second wild card.
* The Astros would choose to be Team "A," because they’d get to host Monday’s game. The Twins would become Team "B."
The Twins are the potential road warriors, because they could play Monday in Houston, Tuesday in Minnesota (against the Angels), Wednesday in New York (in the Wild Card Game), and Thursday in Kansas City or Toronto (in Game 1 of the AL Division Series). All they’d have to do is win three games in a row.
Of course, there’s a chance only two teams would tie for the second wild card, in which case there would be a tiebreaker game between them on Monday, followed by the regularly scheduled AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday.
But that sounds tame by comparison, doesn’t it?