If the teams split their seasonal series equally, the team with the better record overall within the division wins the title.
They are — they started the game just three games out of a playoff spot with a month of baseball left to play — but they don't seem to be acting like it. The A's aren't far behind, ranking third in home runs with 218 and they were fifth in the Majors with 4. Beginning in 2012, a second wild-card team was added.
And even that game was decided by a big blow -- Edwin Encarnacion 's walk-off three-run homer. The Yankees have the tougher remaining schedule, so it's still possible.
It should be noted the potential exists for two tiebreaker games on the NL side. In the NL, the team with the clearest-cut ace is the Dodgers with Clayton Kershaw , who could be lined up for a Wild Card Game if needed -- but if their division lead slips, they might need him to pitch on the final weekend of the regular season.
Bank of America. All those teams will be playing for the right to host the winner-take-all games.
Trailblazer Series. It's all kinds of fun and, for fans of teams involved, nerve-wracking. Maybe nothing could have livened up last Sunday's proceedings in Oakland, where the A's play in a facility better suited for outtakes from The Walking Dead. What's been the key for the home teams that won their Wild Card Game?
Given that the Brewers only have to face what's left of the Tigers , the Cubs' road is much tougher here. There have been 58 winner-take-all postseason games played across all rounds since 1995.
And if they're still tied, the team with the better record in the final 81 games is declared the winner. The Brewers 93-67, 4. The Cubs are probably in the best position from a starting pitching standpoint -- they have three strong options in Jon Lester , Kyle Hendricks and Cole Hamels , which would give them flexibility in lining one up for a winner-take-all game.
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He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: It hosts Games 1, 2, and 5 in the Division Series round and faces off against that league's wild-card team. The Brewers don't really have an ace-type pitcher.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies have spent most of the season as the prohibitive favorites to land the two wild card slots. Your destination for all things Swim.
In 2014, both World Series teams—the Royals and the Giants—advanced out of the one-game playoff.