New spin on World Series home-field advantage

The Dodgers earned home-field advantage through the World Series on the last Saturday of the season, when the Astros lost, 6-3, to the Red Sox and the Indians lost to the White Sox, 2-1, guaranteeing L.A. would finish with the best regular-season record in baseball. Los Angeles' final tally of 104 wins and 58 losses represents the franchise's best record since moving to California in 1958.

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World Series home-field advantage is now tied to regular-season records for the first time. But if the two pennant winners had identical records in the regular season, who would be the home team? The first tiebreaker is head-to-head record. If the clubs did not meet in Interleague Play, the tiebreaker would go to the team with the better overall record against teams in its own division. If that were also a tie, the tiebreaker would be intraleague records (the NL club's record vs. NL teams and the AL team's record vs. AL teams).

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