With one day left in the regular season, the Midwest League’s second-half Eastern Division wild card is still undecided — but the Fort Wayne TinCaps have the easiest route to winning it.
Sunday ended with the TinCaps leading the wild-card race by a half-game over the Great Lakes Loons and a full game over the Dayton Dragons. The Bowling Green Hot Rods and the Lansing Lugnuts were eliminated from playoff contention.
The TinCaps only have to win their game against the Hot Rods on Monday to get into the playoffs. They also could back into the playoffs if all three teams still in contention — the TinCaps, the Loons and the Dragons — lose.
If the TinCaps lose and the Loons win, Great Lakes makes the playoffs.
If the Dragons win and both the TinCaps and the Loons lose, then Dayton makes the playoffs based on the tiebreaker system.*
The winner of the second-half Eastern Division wild card will host the West Michigan Whitecaps on Wednesday. The other round of Eastern Division playoffs begins Wednesday with the Lake County Captains hosting the South Bend Silver Hawks.
Rattlers clinch playoff berth
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers clinched the second-half Western Division wild card Saturday when they beat the Beloit Snappers and the Peoria Chiefs lost to the Kane County Cougars.
The Timber Rattlers will host the Cougars on Wednesday. The other Western Division playoff series begins Wednesday with the Cedar Rapids Kernels hosting the Burlington Bees.
*The tiebreaker goes to the winner of the best record in head-to-head meetings during the regular season. If that doesn’t determine a winner, the playoff spot goes to the team with the best run differential in head-to-head meetings. If that still doesn’t determine a winner, the playoff spot goes to the winner of the two clubs’ last meeting of the regular season.