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#9 Baseball Rules Q. What happens if teams tie for the division title or wildcard?
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In the case of a two-way tie at the end of the regular season in which a playoff appearance is at stake, a 1 game playoff will be scheduled between the two teams. This is only in a situation where only one of the two teams will make it into the playoffs. If both teams will make it into the playoffs, one as the division winner and the other as the wildcard, the divisional winner is determined by best head-to-head record. If they are the same, the next tiebreaker is divisional record. If they are still the same, a one-game tiebreaker is scheduled to determine who will be the divisional winner and who will be the wildcard.

In the case of a 3-way tie, the teams are ranked off of head-to-head records against the other two teams as teams A, B, C. It takes the team with the best head-to-head record as the A team. If the teams all have the same records against each other, it chooses one as the A team. Then the two remaining teams are ranked based off head-to-head against each other where the one with the most wins will be the B team. If the two teams have the same head-to-head records, it chooses one of them as the B team. Then a game is scheduled between the C and B teams where B is the home team. The winner of that game will be scheduled against team A where A is home. The winner of that game will win the spot in the playoffs.

In the case of a 4-way tie, it sets the teams as teams A, B, C and D arbitrarily. Two games are scheduled, one where B plays A where A is home and the other where D plays C where C is home. The winner of that game will play against each other where the home team will be the winner from the A-B game. The winner of that game will win the spot in the playoffs.

The same rules apply for divisional and wildcard tiebreakers, except all two-way ties will play one game tiebreakers.

#76 Baseball Rules Q. When should a pitcher be credited with a save?
  A. A pitcher earns a save when he meets each of the following criteria:
  • He is the last pitcher in a game won by his club.
  • He didn't qualify for the win.
and he meets at least one of the following criteria:
  • He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches at least one inning.
  • He enters the game with the potential tying run either on base, at the plate, or in the on-deck circle.
  • He pitches effectively for at least three innings.
#77 Baseball Rules Q. When is a pitcher charged with an earned run?
  A. Please see the "Earned Runs" section on the MLB website.

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