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How the Red Sox and Rangers decided a Texas baseball playoff series' home field advantage

There’s a staple of high school playoff series in pockets across the nation that is particularly pronounced in Texas: According to bylaws of the governing University Interscholastic League (UIL), when two playoff teams can’t mutually agree on either a one or three-game series, and when they can’t pick a neutral site, a coin flip determines who will play where and for how long.
Now a twist on this tactic has emerged: If the two teams can’t agree, they can pick a pair of surrogate teams competing in the real world, then use an even-odd statistic to determine the result. It sounds odd. It sounds difficult, and, to a degree it is. Yet for at least two coaches, it was a lot more palatable than leaving much of a season’s fate on the outcome of a coin