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Breaking down Sunday's playoff scenarios…

Oct 3, 2010, 8:34 AM EDT

No matter the results, really, this is going to be a crazy day in the baseball world. Let's lay out the possible scenarios before everything gets going. The Padres, 90-71, are one game back of the Giants in the NL West and tied with the Braves in the NL Wild Card. The Giants, 91-70, lead the NL West by...

No matter the results, really, this is going to be a crazy day in the baseball world.  Let’s lay out the possible scenarios before everything gets going.

The Padres, 90-71, are one game back of the Giants in the NL West and tied with the Braves in the NL Wild Card.

The Giants, 91-70, lead the NL West by one game.

The Braves, 90-71, share the NL Wild Card currently with the Padres.

  • If the Giants beat the Padres on Sunday, the Giants take the NL West.  Then if the Braves beat the Phillies, the Braves take the NL Wild Card.
  • If the Giants beat the Padres but the Braves lose to the Phillies, there would be a one-game playoff in Atlanta between the Padres and Braves for the NL Wild Card.
  • If the Padres beat the Giants and the Braves lose, the Padres would win the NL West because they won the season series against the Giants.  And the Giants, then, would win the Wild Card.
  • If the Padres and Braves both win, all teams would finish with a 91-71 record, marking the first-ever three-team tiebreaker in MLB history.  The Giants and Padres would play a one-game playoff in San Diego on Monday to decide the division.  The loser would then head to Atlanta for a one-game playoff on Tuesday that would decide the Wild Card.

For what it’s worth, we’re rooting for that last one.

  1. bigtrav425 - Oct 3, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    wow….to damn bad i dont have cable so i can watch these games today! this is crazy but fun. im hoping for the last one as well!…

  2. Ari Collins - Oct 3, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Gonna be a great day for baseball, and hopefully a great Monday and maybe even Tuesday, bringing us right up to the playoffs on Wednesday.

    I also don’t have cable, though. I might have to stop by the local sports bar.

  3. Kelly - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    I love scenario four. Anything that keeps baseball going daily…. :-) That and I would feel depressed on behalf of Craig if scenario three happens….

  4. djeg07 - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    LETS GO THREE WAY WHO DONT LIKE AN OL FASHION 3-WAY???

  5. tahoejoe - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    # 4 is horrible for the loser between SD and SF.. Atlanta is the clear winner in this scenario.. extra days rest no travel etc…. all things being equal, baseball screwed the pooch on this one..

  6. SouthofHeaven - Oct 3, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    Drew, you may be rooting for that last one. I’m pretty sure Craig is hoping for scenario #1.

  7. The Georgian - Oct 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Contratulations to Fox Sports. Fox has replaced Wall Street as the poster child for Corporate GREED. Blacking out Dish customers from receiving the two most important Brave games of the year. If it up to me, you would never broadcast another Brave game. PS: I usually mute the sound on what ever you do broadcast – these guys get paid by the word?

  8. Ari Collins - Oct 3, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    It’s actually worse for Atlanta, because the Padres and Giants only have to win one of those two games to advance. The Braves only have one shot at it. It’s like the Pads/Giants have a fallback should they lose their divisional game, a fallback the Braves don’t have.

    It might be tiring for the loser to have to play a second one-game playoff, but if the Braves lose theirs, ask the team and managers and owners and everyone involved if they’d rather take October off or have one more chance, as tiring as it might be.

  9. tahoejoe - Oct 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Your point is well taken, but given the odds history shows in similar situations in football and other sports that extra day gives someone a clear advantage such as in the case of relief pitchers, etc. and a tired bullpen will lose everytime..

  10. Buccofan - Oct 3, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    I can’t speak for Braves telecasts, but when the Reds are on, I usually turn down the TV volume and turn on the radio, or just turn down the sound. Anything to try to avoid the ignorant, “I’ll read anything management puts in front of me”, talk-too-fast, talk-about-my-high-school, remind-everyone-who-my-father-is, ignore-the-game-whenever-possible blather of Thom Brennaman and the “I played the game”, talk-about-how-much-I-eat Mississippi drawling of Jeff Brantley.

  11. Ari Collins - Oct 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    Yeah, it definitely sucks to have one fewer day of rest, especially for your ‘pen. But there isn’t a team out there that would rather have one playoff game they have to win and an extra day of rest if they do win it than have two games and they only have to win one (and they get the extra day of rest anyway if they win the first one).

  12. Cleareye - Oct 3, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    So that’s it? Can anyone tell me if the McCourts have left town yet?

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