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The Five-Way Top-of-the-Division Tie

http://mlb.sbnation.com/2012/3/5/2841998/mlb-expanded-playoffs-wild-card-tiebreakers

Going back to this dilemma.

I spent a while thinking. What happens if there is a five way tie in the AL? Say the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Rangers and Angels kill the league and each get exactly 95 wins. How is this issue decided? It's easy for the Rangers and Angels. They can play a division-deciding 1-game-series.

Let's say the Angels win.

Now we've got the Rangers standing by while the AL East is wide open.

So maybe the AL East team with the better win ratio against the other two teams gets a bye. If that still leaves them tied, then open it up to the rest of the division. If that still leaves them tied then go into run differentials. Let's say the Rays get the bye. The Yanks and the Red Sox play. The Yanks win. Boston should no longer be allowed to win the division. Then the Rays and the Yanks could play. Whoever wins that should get the division. Give it to the Yanks.

But then what happens with the Red Sox, the Rangers and the Rays? It's another three way tie for two wild cards.

The two wild cards will still have to play each other, and the ALDS has not even started. Goodness.

Who will figure this situation out?

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