Very easy answers to very complicated Wild Card scenario questions

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Editor’s note: This post was updated at 3:30PM Friday and 9AM Sunday with new information from Major League Baseball.

You may have noticed that the Indians are one of three teams remaining in contention for the two American League Wild Card spots, along with Tampa and Texas, each one game behind Cleveland.

Here are the remaining scenarios for settling the two AL Wild Card spots:

IF Cleveland wins the top Wild Card spot and Texas and Tampa Bay are tied for the second spot: Texas would play host to Tampa in an American League Tiebreaker game on Monday, September 30 at Ballpark at Arlington. The Indians would play host to the winner on Wednesday at Progressive Field in the AL Wild Card Game. Game time would be 8:07PM.

IF Cleveland wins the top AL Wild Card spot outright and either Texas or Tampa Bay finishes alone in second: Cleveland plays host to that team in the AL Wild Card game on Wednesday at Progressive Field. Game time would be 8:07PM.

IF Cleveland and Texas tie for the two AL Wild Card spots and Tampa Bay finishes a game behind: Cleveland plays host to Texas on Wednesday in the AL Wild Card game. Game time would be 8:07PM.

IF Cleveland and Tampa Bay tie for the two AL Wild Card spots and Texas finishes a game behind: Tampa Bay plays host to Cleveland on Wednesday in the AL Wild Card game. Game time would be 8:07PM.

IF THERE’S A 3-WAY TIE FOR 2 WILD CARD SPOTS: Cleveland would play host to Tampa Bay on Monday in one AL Tiebreaker Game. Game time would be 4:07PM. The loser would play at Texas on Tuesday. Game time would be 4:07PM.

Each game’s winner would advance to the AL Wild Card game. Home-field advantage for Wednesday’s Wild Card game then would be determined by the head-to-head record of the two Tiebreaker game winners. Game time would be 8:07PM.

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