Re: Playoffs and Homefield "Advantage"
It's baloney. What bothers me about it is not so much the "away" part, but the fact that the top seed can't know where it's traveling until after the WC card game is played. The WC winner could be the Dodgers or the Giants, with the Reds having to travel to the West Coast the day before the first two games.
I also don't buy the WC "burning its best pitcher" thing, which I keep hearing. I don't think this is at all assured. Chances are at least one WC team, maybe both, will be fighting tooth and nail right through season's end and won't have the luxury of handpicking its pitchers that way. They well may need their ace on regular rotation during the last series of the season and not have him rested enough for the WC game...but throw him out there for the first DS game, perhaps even on regular rest.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.