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Major League Baseball Wild Card Game

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The Major League Baseball Wild Card Game is a play-in game which was added to the Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason in 2012, and marks the beginning of the playoffs for both the American League and National League.[1] The addition of a play-in game essentially maintained the three-tiered format used from 1995 through 2011, while adding a second wild-card team. Two wild-card teams in each league play each other in a single-game playoff after the end of the regular season. The winner of each league's Wild Card Game advances to face the top-seeded team in that league's Division Series.

The home team for the Wild Card Game is the team with the better regular-season winning percentage; if the two teams have identical winning percentages, MLB tie-breaking procedures are used to determine the home team, with no additional games being played. This is in contrast to teams tied for a division title, which, since the introduction of the Wild Card Game in 2012, do play a one-game tiebreaker for the division title, even if both teams are already qualified for the postseason. This differs from previous tie-breaking; for example, at the conclusion of the 2005 regular season, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox tied for first place in their division but did not play an additional game, as both teams were already qualified for the postseason.

In the Division Series, the winner of the Wild Card Game faces whichever division champion has the best record. Before 2012, a wild-card team could not face the winner of its own division in a Division Series. It is now possible for the two teams with the best record in a league to face each other before the League Championship Series, if the Wild Card Game winner has the second-best record in the league and the top seed is from the same division. From 1995 to 1997, the matchups for the Division Series were determined by an annual rotation between divisions.

Through the 2018 postseason, 19 of the 30 MLB franchises have appeared in a Wild Card Game. The New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, and Pittsburgh Pirates have each appeared in a record 3 games. The San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees have won the most Wild Card Games, two each. The Oakland Athletics have lost the most games, losing all three of their Wild Card Game appearances to date.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB announced that the Wild Card Series would be played by eight teams in each league for the 2020 postseason. Division champions would be seeded 1 through 3 by record, the second place teams seeded 4 through 6 by record, and the two teams with the next best records remaining seeded 7 and 8.[2]


The addition of a second wild-card team to each league was completed for multiple reasons:

  • Added importance to division races.[3] Before 1994, only division-winning teams advanced to the playoffs, creating excitement when teams within a division competed for the best record in that division. From 1994 to 2011, the urgency of a division race was somewhat reduced as one second place team from each league made the playoffs as a wild card. In addition, the winner of the wild-card game is at a disadvantage in the next series, due to having to make strategic decisions to avoid immediate elimination, such as play its best pitchers available, without regard for future playoff games.
  • Wild-card teams are penalized. In the four-team format from 1994 to 2011, the wild-card team had to win 7 postseason games as a division winner in order to reach the World Series. Now, the winner of the wild-card game is at a disadvantage because it has to play an extra game.
  • Increases postseason interest and revenue, with the tension of a sudden-death match at the start of the playoffs, similar to tie-breaker games held to resolve regular season ties. Recent examples of this were seen in tie-breaking games in 2007, 2008, and 2009, so is the final day of the 2011 regular season.
  • With an additional playoff spot at stake, more teams are competing at the end of the regular season for a place in the playoffs.


With the adoption of MLB's new collective bargaining agreement in November 2011, baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced that a new playoff system would begin within the next two years; the change was ultimately put into place in 2012.[4]

The 2014 San Francisco Giants won the National League Wild Card Game and went on to win that season's World Series.
The 2014 San Francisco Giants won the National League Wild Card Game and went on to win that season's World Series.

Through the 2019 postseason, Wild Card Game winners have gone on to compile an overall 7–9 record in League Division Series, with Wild Card Game winners going 3–5 in the ALDS and 4–4 in the NLDS. The 2014 postseason featured the first series sweeps involving a Wild Card Game winner; both in favor of the AL Wild Card Kansas City Royals, who swept the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS and the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. The Royals then met the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series, the second all-Wild Card fall classic, which the Giants won in seven games. The first all-Wild Card World Series had also involved the Giants, who lost the 2002 World Series to the then-Anaheim Angels in seven games.

The one-game, win-or-go-home Wild Card format favors teams with at least one dominant pitcher.[according to whom?] In the sixteen games played since the new Wild Card system began in 2012, five have been shutouts. In eight of the eleven others, the losing team scored 3 or fewer runs. Only the 2014 AL Wild Card game between the Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics and the 2017 NL Wild Card game between the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks featured high scoring by both teams,[clarification needed] with the Royals eventually winning 9–8 in 12 innings and the Diamondbacks winning 11–8 with the most runs scored in a Wild Card game. The margin of victory has been four runs or more in eight of the sixteen games played, and one run only three times — in the 2014 Royals-Athletics game, the 2018 Rockies-Cubs game, and the 2019 Nationals-Brewers game.


Through the 2019 Wild Card Games, visiting teams have won more games (nine) than home teams have won (seven). There have been five shutouts, each of which has been won by the visiting team (including three consecutive shutouts in the 2014–2016 NL editions). Two of the three extra innings games have been won by the home team.

bold Wild Card Game winner

American League

Year Visitor Manager Score Host Manager
2012 Baltimore Orioles Buck Showalter 5–1 Texas Rangers Ron Washington
2013 Tampa Bay Rays Joe Maddon 4–0 Cleveland Indians Terry Francona
2014 Oakland Athletics Bob Melvin 8–9 (12) Kansas City Royals Ned Yost
2015 Houston Astros A. J. Hinch 3–0 New York Yankees Joe Girardi
2016 Baltimore Orioles Buck Showalter 2–5 (11) Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons
2017 Minnesota Twins Paul Molitor 4–8 New York Yankees Joe Girardi
2018 Oakland Athletics Bob Melvin 2–7 New York Yankees Aaron Boone
2019 Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Cash 5–1 Oakland Athletics Bob Melvin

National League

Year Visitor Manager Score Host Manager
2012 St. Louis Cardinals Mike Matheny 6–3 Atlanta Braves Fredi González
2013 Cincinnati Reds Dusty Baker 2–6 Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle
2014 San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy 8–0 Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle
2015 Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon 4–0 Pittsburgh Pirates Clint Hurdle
2016 San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy 3–0 New York Mets Terry Collins
2017 Colorado Rockies Bud Black 8–11 Arizona Diamondbacks Torey Lovullo
2018 Colorado Rockies Bud Black 2–1 (13) Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon
2019 Milwaukee Brewers Craig Counsell 3–4 Washington Nationals Dave Martinez

2020 Wild Card Series

In 2020, the first round in the postseason consisted of four Wild Card Series in each league, each series being a best-of-three. Eight teams from each league participated: three division winners, three division runners-up, and two wild card teams (the two remaining teams with the best records, based on winning percentage).

dagger Wild card
bold Wild Card Series winner

American League

Higher seeded team Manager Games Lower seeded team Manager
Tampa Bay Rays Kevin Cash 2–0 Toronto Blue Jaysdagger Charlie Montoyo
Oakland Athletics Bob Melvin 2–1 Chicago White Soxdagger Rick Renteria
Minnesota Twins Rocco Baldelli 0–2 Houston Astros Dusty Baker
Cleveland Indians Sandy Alomar Jr.[nb 1] 0–2 New York Yankees Aaron Boone

National League

Higher seeded team Manager Games Lower seeded team Manager
Los Angeles Dodgers Dave Roberts 2–0 Milwaukee Brewersdagger Craig Counsell
Atlanta Braves Brian Snitker 2–0 Cincinnati Redsdagger David Bell
Chicago Cubs David Ross 0–2 Miami Marlins Don Mattingly
San Diego Padres Jayce Tingler 2–1 St. Louis Cardinals Mike Shildt

Win–loss records by team

Updated through 2020 results.

Joe Maddon has managed both the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs to Wild Card Game victories.
Joe Maddon has managed both the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs to Wild Card Game victories.
Team League Win–loss record Apps Winning Pct
Arizona Diamondbacks NL 1–0 1 1.000
Atlanta Braves NL 2–1 2 .667
Baltimore Orioles AL 1–1 2 .500
Cincinnati Reds NL 0–3 2 .000
Chicago Cubs NL 1–3 3 .250
Chicago White Sox AL 1–2 1 .333
Cleveland Indians AL 0–3 2 .000
Colorado Rockies NL 1–1 2 .500
Houston Astros AL 3–0 2 1.000
Kansas City Royals AL 1–0 1 1.000
Los Angeles Dodgers NL 2–0 1 1.000
Miami Marlins NL 2–0 1 1.000
Milwaukee Brewers NL 0–3 2 .000
Minnesota Twins AL 0–3 2 .000
New York Mets NL 0–1 1 .000
New York Yankees AL 4–1 4 .800
Oakland Athletics AL 2–4 4 .333
Pittsburgh Pirates NL 1–2 3 .333
San Diego Padres NL 2–1 1 .667
San Francisco Giants NL 2–0 2 1.000
St. Louis Cardinals NL 2–2 2 .500
Tampa Bay Rays AL 4–0 2 1.000
Texas Rangers AL 0–1 1 .000
Toronto Blue Jays AL 1–2 2 .333
Washington Nationals NL 1–0 1 1.000

The following current MLB teams have not yet appeared in a Wild Card playoff:

American League: Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners
National League: Philadelphia Phillies

Appearances by team

In the sortable table below, teams are ordered first by number of wins, then by number of appearances, and finally by year of first appearance. In the "Season(s)" column, bold years indicate winning appearances.

American League

Apps Team Wins Losses Win % Season(s)
4 New York Yankees 3 1 .750 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020
3 Tampa Bay Rays 3 0 1.000 2013, 2019, 2020
2 Houston Astros 2 0 1.000 2015, 2020
4 Oakland Athletics 1 3 .250 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020
2 Baltimore Orioles 1 1 .500 2012, 2016
2 Toronto Blue Jays 1 1 .500 2016, 2020
1 Kansas City Royals 1 0 1.000 2014
2 Cleveland Indians 0 2 .000 2013, 2020
2 Minnesota Twins 0 2 .000 2017, 2020
1 Texas Rangers 0 1 .000 2012
1 Chicago White Sox 0 1 .000 2020

National League

Apps Team Wins Losses Win % Season(s)
2 San Francisco Giants 2 0 1.000 2014, 2016
3 Pittsburgh Pirates 1 2 .333 2013, 2014, 2015
3 Chicago Cubs 1 2 .333 2015, 2018, 2020
2 Atlanta Braves 1 1 .500 2012, 2020
2 St. Louis Cardinals 1 1 .500 2012, 2020
2 Colorado Rockies 1 1 .500 2017, 2018
1 Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 1.000 2017
1 Washington Nationals 1 0 1.000 2019
1 Los Angeles Dodgers 1 0 1.000 2020
1 Miami Marlins 1 0 1.000 2020
1 San Diego Padres 1 0 1.000 2020
2 Cincinnati Reds 0 2 .000 2013, 2020
2 Milwaukee Brewers 0 2 .000 2019, 2020
1 New York Mets 0 1 .000 2016



  1. ^ Alomar was designated as the interim manager in lieu of Terry Francona who missed the 2020 postseason due to health concerns.

See also


  1. ^ Jayson Stark (March 2, 2012). "The new MLB postseason".
  2. ^ "MLB expands playoffs to 16 teams for shortened 2020 season, adds best-of-three Wild Card Series". Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "MLB adopts expanded format for 2012 postseason". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Bloom, Barry M. (March 2, 2012). "Addition of Wild Card berths finalized for 2012".
  5. ^ a b c d "Team Batting Game Finder: In the LWC, From 1903 to 2017, sorted by most recent date". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Dale, Shane (October 3, 2018). "Rockies beat Cubs in longest winner-take-all game in MLB history". KNXV. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
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