Divisional Tie Breaker Rules
MLB tie breaker rules determine how to break a tie between two or more two teams that finish their regular season with the same record in the division.
The MLB used the tie-breaking procedure to break ties between the teams for seeding into the MLB post-season for qualification.
With the divisional winner qualifying for the postseason after the tiebreaker wins, the loser might get a chance to compete for the Wild Card spots with the nondivisional runners.
Here are some of the points related to baseball tiebreaker rules as mentioned below:
- If the two teams are tied for the division title, they will have to play a single-game playoff between them in the home ground of the team who previously won the battle against each other in the regular season. The winner will be crowned the divisional champion.
- If three or more teams are tied for the divisional title, those teams will be ranked in alphabetical order based on head-to-head records against each other. The designation will be chosen by the first team followed by the second team and so on.
- Among the three teams, if no team wins the head-to-head series against the other teams, Team A will host Team B, and the winner will host Team C. The winner will be crowned the Divisional Champions while the loser might still qualify for the wild card if they have the better record.
- If four teams get tied for the division title, the teams A will host Team B, and Team C will host Team D. The winner of both games will play against each other at the home of the higher designated team ballpark.
Some of the MLB tiebreaker games in history are mentioned below:
- 2018 NL West Divison Los Angeles Dodgers won 5-2 against Colorado Rockies
- 2018 NL Central Divison, Milwaukee Brewers won 3-1 against Chicago Cubs
- 2009 AL Central Divison, Minnesota Twins won 6-5 against Detroit Tigers
- 2008 AL Central Divison, Chicago White Sox won 1-0 against Minnesota Twins
- 2007 NL Wild Card, Colorado Rockies won 9-8 against San Diego Padres