Kim Ha-seong’s dream of extending his life continues for the San Diego Padres.
The Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2 in a doubleheader at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California, on Monday (Nov. 28).
The game was won in 10 extra innings. It was their first extra-inning win in 13 tries this season.
The win puts them at 79 wins and 80 losses, one step closer to a .500 record.
The number of games to officially be eliminated from postseason contention remained at one. The Chicago Cubs’ loss to the Atlanta Braves in extra innings earlier in the day means that they are not “mathematically” out of contention yet.
So, is there even a “what if” scenario where San Diego can make the postseason?
There is only one case.
First, the Cubs (82-76) and Miami Marlins (82-76), both of whom have four games left, must lose all four of their remaining games. Both teams play Atlanta and the New York Mets on Sept. 29, respectively, before closing out the regular season with a three-game series against the National League Central-clinching Milwaukee Brewers and a three-game series against the postseason-eliminated Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cincinnati Reds, who are 81-78, need to finish their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 30 with either a sweep or two wins. That would put them completely out of the wild-card race.
After a day of rest, the Padres fly to Chicago for a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox and will need to win all three games.
If that happens, all three teams – San Diego, Miami, and the Cubs – will be tied at 82 wins.
Major League Baseball uses head-to-head record to break ties in the standings. If three teams are tied, the head-to-head record of all three teams is combined to compare them.
San Diego is three games behind the Cubs, but has a four-game lead over Miami, and Miami has a four-game lead over the Cubs.
Adding up the head-to-head records, San Diego is 7-6, Miami is 6-6, and the Cubs are 6-7, giving San Diego the final wild card spot. 스포츠토토
That’s a scenario that would require all 13 games to go their way. A single win by the Cubs or Miami in the next day or so would clinch San Diego’s elimination from the postseason before they’ve even played their final series.