Possible 6-way Wildcard Tie: The Path To Insanity

Ed Zurga


How wild could this get? First off, a little history about where the Royals currently sit. Here is the winning percentage of every 9th place American League team in the last 20 years:

2013 0.523
2010 0.500
2006 0.494
1993 0.494
2011 0.488
2005 0.488
2000 0.488
2009 0.485
2008 0.485
2004 0.481
1997 0.481
1996 0.481
2003 0.475
1995 0.469
2007 0.466
1998 0.466
2012 0.463
2001 0.463
1999 0.460
2002 0.457
1994 0.453

As you can see, The Royals (and Yankees) of 2013 would have the highest winning percentage of any AL team to finish with 8 teams above them. The three division leaders - Boston, Detroit, and Oakland - are locks. But the next six teams are, as we all know, neck and neck. So here's a scenario that could make things as wacky as we've probably ever seen sports get.

Tampa Bay - Goes 6-5 over their last 11 games (1 vs TEX, 4 vs BAL, 3 @ NYY, 3 @ TOR)

Texas - Goes 7-4 over their last 11 games (1 @ TB, 3 @ KC, 3 vs HOU, 4 vs LAA)

Cleveland goes 7-3 over their last 10 games (4 vs HOU, 2 vs CHW, 4 @ MIN)

Baltimore goes 8-3 over their last 11 games (1 @ BOS, 4 @ TB, 3 vs TOR, 3 vs BOS)

New York goes 9-1 over their last 10 games (1 @ TOR, 3 vs SF, 3 vs TB, 3 @ HOU)

Kansas City goes 9-1 over their last 10 games (3 vs TEX, 3 @ SEA, 4 @ CHW)

Here would be the final standings after 162 games:

Team Record
Tampa Bay 89-73
Texas 89-73
Cleveland 89-73
Baltimore 89-73
NY Yankees 89-73
Kansas City 89-73

I know, I know, this has like a 0.001% chance of happening. But it's 10/11 games between 6 teams, and it doesn't have to be exactly like this, everyone could be a game better or worse and it still works. The point is, there is a scenario in which baseball would shit their pants because there's no way the rules account for 6 teams tying for the wild card(s). And to me, if the Royals are going to make things interesting, I would take a little bit of chaos thrown in as well.

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