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The trouble with tiebreakers

Page 2's David Schoenfield wonders what the logic is behind Major League Baseball's postseason tiebreakers.

Updated: September 25, 2003, 12:13 PM ET
By David Schoenfield | Page 2 Staff

So, let's get this straight:

If the Cubs go 3-2 in their final five games and the Astros go 4-1 in their final five games and the Phillies go 3-2 in their final five games and the Marlins go 1-4 in their final five games, then ...

The Cubs finish 88-74.

The Astros finish 88-74.

The Phillies finish 88-74.

The Marlins finish 88-74 ...

... and four teams tie for two playoff spots.

Major League Baseball officials ...

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