Re: Who wins a Red Sox / A's tiebreaker?
posted at 9/23/2013 9:58 AM EDT
In response to TheExaminer's comment:
In response to GoUconn13's comment:
In response to mrmojo1120's comment:
What happens if the Red Sox and Athletics tie for the best record? The first tiebreaker is head-to-head play. That settles nothing, because the Sox and Athletics split six games this season. The second tiebreaker is winning percentage within a team's division; at the moment, the Athletics hold a narrow edge. They're 42-29, a .5915 winning percentage. The Sox are 42-30, a .5833 percentage.
If the Sox win their last game against the Blue Jays and last three against the Orioles, they would finish with a .605 intradivision percentage. If the Athletics win their last six against AL West foes, they would finish at .618 in their division. If both the Sox and A's finish with identical divisional records, and end up with the same overall record, a third tiebreaker comes into play: highest winning percentage in the last half of games against American League opponents. (We'll hold off on crunching those numbers for the time being.)
"Another day closer to the parade"
Well, I think Boston will just monitor on how the A's do today while Boston is off today. With a loss by the A's would put them 2 games behind Boston at the same time the A's and Boston will have identical numbers in the loss column which that is a huge for Boston.
If that is the case, A's need to make up two wins in the three games series against the Angels. If they lose two out of three games against the Angels while Boston go 1 and 1 against Colorado, Boston will have two games lead over the A's before the final three games of the season at the same time Boston will have 2 games lead in the divisional record tie breaker. Meaning, all Boston need to win one out of three games against the Orioles to clinch the homefield advantage while A's need to win all three games while Boston need to lose all three, A's clinch the homefield advantage.
So for now, the best way to see Boston to feel comfortable is to see the A's to lose tonite!!
If they win its a different story. This reminds me of 07 when the Sox were off on Monday going into the last week with a 1.5 lead over NY. Toronto beat NY that day, and the race thereafter was over. If NY had won that day, it would have been a lot more complicated.
You re right that if they win today, it is a different story. Meaning, Boston may have to forced to play regulars for their next two games, and see where these teams are standing by the time they play their final three games of the season!!
For now, let us pray to see them to lose tonite!!