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 Post subject: Fox Sports Midwest
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:46 pm 
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Pointed out about 1/2 hour ago that the tie breaker for the wild card is head-to-head record. As the series between the Cards and Bucs is 7-7, this game is potentially huge.

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
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Is that tiebreaker just for home field advantage? Or could it be used to determine who gets into the playoffs?

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
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No. 9 wrote:
Pointed out about 1/2 hour ago that the tie breaker for the wild card is head-to-head record. As the series between the Cards and Bucs is 7-7, this game is potentially huge.


WOW, I never even thought of that...so this game is huge!

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
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Judge Landis wrote:
Is that tiebreaker just for home field advantage? Or could it be used to determine who gets into the playoffs?


No ... it is determinative of which of the two teams earns the playoff spot. There is no play-in game if two teams are tied for last wildcard slot.

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:06 pm 
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FWIW, the cardinals fan with whom I am watching the game is fuming about this issue - not to mention his utter hatred of Alvarez right now.

Personally, I'm thinking that everyone hated Erik "The Human Rain Delay" Bedard and are now rejuvenated knowing that they won't have to wait 10 minutes between pitches.

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
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Dodgers have head-to-head advantage vs. Bucs.

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
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So... you're saying that this game was the 'rubber match'??? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:15 pm 
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It "is" the rubber match. Not over yet. :x

Joking with ya....

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
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Cards are 3-4 against Dodgers with 4 games left in mid-September.

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
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No. 9 wrote:
Dodgers have head-to-head advantage vs. Bucs.

Dodgers also have a tough schedule to end the season. I don't think they will make it to WC consideration at the end of the season.

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
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No. 9 wrote:
Pointed out about 1/2 hour ago that the tie breaker for the wild card is head-to-head record. As the series between the Cards and Bucs is 7-7, this game is potentially huge.


Tonight's win is equivalent to gaining a game and a half on St. Louis. Overall tie gives the Bucs the playoff nod. Hoist the colors!

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
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No. 9 wrote:
Tonight's win is equivalent to gaining a game and a half on St. Louis. Overall tie gives the Bucs the playoff nod. Hoist the colors!

Games against teams against whom we are competing for a playoff spot are worth two games. If you win, you gain a game. If you lose, you lose a game. Two game difference. No possibility of another team beating the competition to "even out" the loss.

Further, you are correct that the tie breaker is half a game advantage, so tonight's win was basically worth 2 1/2 games in the standings.


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 Post subject: Re: Fox Sports Midwest
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:26 pm 
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No. 9 wrote:
Judge Landis wrote:
Is that tiebreaker just for home field advantage? Or could it be used to determine who gets into the playoffs?


No ... it is determinative of which of the two teams earns the playoff spot. There is no play-in game if two teams are tied for last wildcard slot.

I hate to burst everyone's bubble, but this is not correct. The broadcasters got it wrong. If the Pirates and Cardinals finish tied for the 2nd wild-card spot, there WILL be a 1-game playoff ... but since the Pirates won the season series, that playoff game would be at PNC Park.

I'm typing this on my phone, so I can't provide a link, but Google "mlb tiebreakers" and you'll find it. *shrug* Sorry, guys.

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