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NL playoff scenarios

Posted on: October 2, 2010 7:50 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 8:04 pm

Well, the table is set for a fun last day of the National League's regular season, with three teams vying for two playoff spots. And we might not have the postseason picture cleared up until Tuesday. Here are the scenarios based on what happens Sunday, when the Giants host the Padres and the Braves host the Phillies:

  • Giants beat Padres, Braves win: Giants win NL West; Braves win wild card; Padres out.
  • Giants beat Padres, Braves lose: Giants win NL West; Padres play at Braves for wild card on Monday.
  • Padres beat Giants, Braves win (leaving three-way tie): Giants play at Padres for NL West on Monday; loser of Monday game plays at Braves for wild card on Tuesday.
  • Padres beat Giants, Braves lose: Padres win NL West because of head-to-head record (13-5); Giants win wild card; Braves out.

Here are the NLDS matchups depending on who wins the West and wild card:

  • Giants win West, Braves wild card: Braves vs. Giants; Reds vs. Phillies
  • Giants win West, Padres wild card: Padres vs. Phillies; Reds vs. Giants
  • Padres win West, Giants wild card: Giants vs. Phillies; Reds vs. Padres
  • Padres win West, Braves wild card: Reds vs. Phillies; Braves vs. Padres

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2010 3:40 pm

NL playoff scenarios

thank you for clearing that up very concise.

Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2010 12:49 pm

NL playoff scenarios

I agree with sportsfan_ and have no stake in the matter since I live in Minnesota and couldn't care less about which of these 3 teams gets in. It would save an extra game if the divsion was decided first by what happened in the regular season. So, Padres win by virtue of their regular season record against the Giants. Giants and Braves play on Monday for the wildcard. Then at least each team gets a rest day before starting the playoffs.

Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2010 12:36 pm

NL playoff scenarios

Read it VERY sloooowly. It explains everything.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2010 11:03 am

NL playoff scenarios

They own the tiebreaker because the are 13-5 against the gaints in head to head matchups

Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2010 11:00 am

NL playoff scenarios

This thread is tired. Either you get the fact that

1) The Braves can't be a division winner
2) Regular season only (not tie breaker game) record is used for comparison
3) MLB Rules regarding division title



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2010 10:51 am

NL playoff scenarios

I thought I've seen this before and I am confused. If the Pads and Braves win, there is a playoff game for the Giants and Padres. The loser will then have one more loss than the Braves and no longer be tied for the wild card. Loser is out and the Braves are in.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2010 10:00 am

NL playoff scenarios

There shouldn't be any need for a playoff between the Giants and Padres.  If the Padres win today, they will have a record of 13-5 against the Giants this season.  That should be sufficient to award them the NL West.  The rules should be changed.

Since: Sep 15, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2010 9:30 am

NL playoff scenarios

You only play a deciding game to get into the playoffs. If both teams are in the playoffs they go to records for the tie breaker.

Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2010 5:40 am

NL playoff scenarios

Because a three-way tie still laves 3 teams fighting for 2 spots, so they have to have the playoffs to eliminate soneobe, In the other scenarioa, the 4 playoff oarticipants will be known, so in that case, they go to the head-to-head tiebreaker to determine which team wins division and which is wild card.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2010 2:04 am

NL playoff scenarios

Not hard to figure out! Just read the scenarios above.

Padres win NL west if they win and Braves lose, which means a ties for SF and SD. SD would win west due to head to head as Pads lead 12-5 and would be 13-5. The playoff would have to happen if all three have the same record.

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