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Answer The first tie breaker is head to head play. That is pretty easy to determine, but with the new wild card things can get pretty messy. Consider a massive tie up of say five teams. All of the teams have identical records (improbable but possible). That would take some sorting out! It used to be a one game playoff - aka October 2nd, 1978's Yankees/Red Sox playoff when Bucky Dent hit the home run.

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Head to head would only determine the winner if both teams are guaranteed to make the playoffs anyway. If the loser would be eliminated, there would be a one-game playoff after all.

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