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Playoff Format

Carolina League Playoff Format

POSTSEASON FORMAT
Division Series. In each division, the first-half winner plays the second-half winner in a best-of-three Division Series. A double-half winner would face the team in its division with the second-best second-half record. The first game will be in one city and the remaining necessary game(s) in the other city. The first-half winner would have its choice of opening at home or on the road. Should one team win both halves, that team would host all three potential games.

Mills Cup Championship Series. The winners of each Division Series will meet in a best-of-five for the Mills Cup. In even-numbered years, the first two games will be in the city of the Southern Division champion, with the remaining necessary games in the city of the Northern Division champion. This will be reversed in odd-numbered years.

REGULAR SEASON TIE-BREAKERS
First Half. If, at the close of the first half, two clubs in a division have won exactly the same percentage of games played, the club with the better record against the other club will be the first-half champion. If the head-to-head record is also tied, the first meeting between the two in the second half will determine the first-half winner.

Second Half. If, at the close of the second half, two clubs in a division have won exactly the same percentage of games played (and neither of them was the first-half champion), there will be an extra game played on the day following the end of the regular season. It will be played on the grounds of the club with the better percentage at the close of play Aug. 25. If that is also tied, a coin flip will determine the site of the extra game.