Here's a scenario that could mess up baseball's postseason schedule: Imagine if the Phillies, the New York Mets, Arizona, Colorado and San Diego finish with the same record.
That would create ties in the National League East, the NL West and the wild-card race, requiring four days of tiebreaker games to determine postseason berths.
The NL East is the easiest: The Phillies would play the Mets on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
In the West, the team with the best head-to-head record against the others (because Arizona plays Colorado this weekend, that is yet to be determined) gets to choose whether it prefers one tiebreaker road game or two home games. Presumably, the team with the choice would take one road game. Monday's winner would then host the club with the bye on Tuesday for the NL West title.
Starting Wednesday, the three teams that failed to win division titles would be involved in a two-day, two-game tiebreaker to determine the wild-card winner.
- Associated Press