Sunday is technically the final day of the regular season. But don't fret, because depending on what happens throughout the day, we could well have baseball on Monday as well.
How? The American League wild-card race is tight enough that we might end up with a multi-team tie -- perhaps even a three-way tie for the two spots. If you're wondering just how three-way ties get resolved, then here's some good news: The answers are laid out below.
First, if the Tigers lose on Sunday, or if the Blue Jays and Orioles both win, then the wild cards will be set and no tiebreakers will be played. In that case, the Blue Jays would host the Wild Card Game by virtue of head-to-head record against the Orioles.
A two-way tie for the second wild card
Orioles and Tigers win AND Blue Jays lose: The Tigers would play Monday's makeup game, and if they won would play the Blue Jays in Toronto. The winner would then advance to play the Orioles in Baltimore.
Blue Jays and Tigers win AND Orioles lose: The Tigers would play Monday's makeup game, and if they won would play the Orioles in Baltimore. The winner would then advance to play the Blue Jays in Toronto.
A three-way tie for the two wild-card spots
Three-way ties are broken by having teams pick between slots. Team A hosts Team B, with winner becoming the top wild card. Team C would host the loser, with the winner becoming the second wild card.
Blue Jays and Orioles lose AND Tigers win: Tigers would play Monday's makeup game, and if they win the Blue Jays would get first pick, assuredly Team A, and the Orioles would get second pick, which means choosing hosting one do-or-die game for the second wild card or playing twice on the road with two shots at making the postseason.
In other words, it could be a busy Sunday and a wild upcoming week -- and that's before the actual playoffs themselves start.