Major League Baseball has a potential nightmare on its hands. Oh, it’s not like a steroid scandal or anything; in fact, it would be great for baseball and the fans would love it. This nightmare would be purely logistical.
There’s a possibility – a somewhat remote, statistically slim possibility, but still – that as many as five teams could end up with the same record in a fight over three playoff slots! The Mets, Phillies,
It’s much easier when only a few teams are involved. Say, for example, the Mets, Phillies and Padres all finish tied. The Mets and Phillies would hold a one-game playoff to determine the winner of the N.L. East. The loser would then face the Padres for the Wildcard. But what happens if the
It’s worth rooting for such a scenario if only to see how MLB would solve it. I don’t have the inclination to whip up a spreadsheet to figure out who needs to win or lose and when to make this crazy scenario play out, but I’ll certainly be following that ticker as the season reaches it dénouement.