What If the Yankees and Blue Jays Tie?

What if the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays were to finish the regular season with the same record? How would Major League Baseball determine who would advance to the playoffs?

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The current standings

The Yankees are in first place with a record of 100-62, and the Blue Jays are in second place with a record of 98-64. If the two teams were to tie, the Yankees would win the division because they have the better head-to-head record (10-8).

The Yankees

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The Yankees compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division. They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City, the other being the New York Mets of the National League. In baseball, a player on one team throws a small round ball at a player on the other team, who tries to hit it with a bat. The objective is to get the ball into play so that the batter can run around all four bases and score a “run.” The team that scores the most runs in each game wins.

The Blue Jays

If the Yankees and Blue Jays end the season with the same record, the Blue Jays would win the AL East title because they would have a better head-to-head record against the Yankees.

In case of a tie, the first tiebreaker is head-to-head play. The Blue Jays went 11-8 against the Yankees this season, so they would win the division if both teams finish with the same record.

If two teams are tied for first place at the end of the season, they play each other in a one-game playoff to determine who will advance to the Division Series.

What if they tie?

The Yankees and Blue Jays are set to have a series this weekend. However, what if they end up tying? What would happen then? Let’s take a look.

The playoff picture

If the Yankees and Blue Jays were to tie for the AL East title, they would have a one-game playoff to determines who would advance to the ALDS. The winner of that game would be determined by a coin flip, with the loser getting the wild card spot.

The head-to-head record

If the Yankees and Blue Jays both have the same record at the end of the season, they will go to a one-game playoff. The game would be played at Yankee Stadium on October 10th.

The head-to-head record is the first tiebreaker. If the Yankees and Blue Jays have identical records, and they split their 16 head-to-head matchups, then the next tiebreaker would be run differential.

The divisional record

If the Yankees and Blue Jays were to finish the season with identical records, the first tiebreaker would be their head-to-head record against each other.
The next tiebreaker would be their divisional record. The Yankees have a slightly better divisional record than the Blue Jays, so they would win the division in this scenario.

How would it be decided?

In the event that the Yankees and Blue Jays were to tie at the end of the season, a playoff game would be held to determine who would go on to the next round. This playoff game would be held at a neutral site.

The tiebreaker rules

In the event that two teams are tied at the end of the regular season, the following tiebreaker rules will be used in order to determine which team will advance to the playoffs.

-The first tiebreaker is head-to-head record. If the two teams have played each other an equal number of times, then whichever team has the better head-to-head record will advance.

-If the teams have not played each other an equal number of times, or if they have identical records against each other, then whichever team has the better record against teams in their own division will advance.

-If the teams are still tied, then whichever team has the better record against teams in the other division will advance.

-If the teams are still tied, then whichever team has the better overall record for the season will advance.

The wild card game

If the Yankees and Blue Jays were to tie for the AL East, then they would face each other in a one-game playoff, called the wild card game, to determine who goes to the ALDS.

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