Playing A Little Pepper

It happened. With RA Dickey on the mound, Wil Myers is not in the lineup *head hits desk*…Major League Baseball today announced that if the Rays, Indians, and Rangers finish in a 3-way tie, the Rays would play on Monday in Cleveland. The winner of that game would be one of the Wild Card teams. The loser would then travel to Arlington to play the Rangers. The winner of that game would be the second Wild Card team. Why? Well, the Rangers had the worst combined record against the other two teams, so that had the last choice. In short, the Rays and Indians get two shots to be a Wild Card teams and the Rangers get one shot. This is, of course, a long shot. There are 64 possible scenarios this weekend for the three teams and only two of those outcomes end in a 3-way tie. If you want to see all the scenarios, click here. Most importantly, if the Rays win 2 games against the Jays, they will be hosting the Wild Card game on Wednesday. And of the 64 possible outcomes, 45 of them end with the Rays as the top Wild Card team, 11 of them end with the Rays as the visiting Wild Card team, 6 of them have the Rays playing a play-in game on Monday (2 of those are 3-way ties), and only 2 end with the Rays eliminated.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Matt Joyce, RF
  2. Ben Zobrist, SS
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. James Loney, 1B
  5. David DeJesus, LF
  6. Delmon Young, DH
  7. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Sam Fuld, CF
  10. Jeremy Hellickson, SP



1 Comment

  1. Rob says:

    Ugh. Tonight's games put us closer to the possibility of those two scenarios that eliminate us.


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