This is an important philosophical question and I need your help. Is the game Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are playing tonight a playoff game? Or is it a game that determine who gets into the playoffs?
Clearly it’s a postseason game; that’s not at issue. The question is whether it’s like the ALDS, or more like the Game 163 the Rangers and Rays played last night, which in my mind is clearly a postseason game but not a playoff game.
Related question: is the play-in game for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament a game in the tournament, or a game determining who gets into the tournament? (I think this is actually the same question but I’m open to persuasion on this point.)