Bud Selig has become a regular topic here on Blue Chip Blog. And yes, Bud's at it again. My displeasure was stressed earlier about the fact that another wild card playoff team was added to each league starting in 2012. For some reason, ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY TWO GAMES wasn't enough to decide the best teams in baseball. So baseball added a one game wild card playoff. Fine. Just when I was about to get over that, this story broke….
To sum it up, after the one game wild card round is played, the winner will head HOME for two games against the higher seeded team, in a 2-3 series. Asinine. So potentially, a team that was a second wild card winner, that shouldn't even be in the playoffs, could host the first two games of the divisional round against the top seeded team.
If the playoffs ended today, this is how the NL playoffs would shape up.
Wild Card Round (one game playoff): Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnatti Reds.
Lets flip a coin and say the Braves take this game. Well they would then stay home in Atlanta and face MY LOS ANGELES DODGERS for two games, who currently have the best record in the majors. Home field is crucial in baseball, so a team that worked all season for home field advantage, could find themselves down 0-2 before they get a home playoff game. How on earth is that fair?
Now the reason for this 2-3 divisional round format is strictly because of scheduling. When the decision was made to add the extra wild card team, the schedule was already announced, and it was deemed too grueling to stick to a traditional 2-2-1 playoff format.
Screw you Bud.
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