Originally Posted by mth123
I like the idea that if you can't win your Division over 162 games, you need to be at a big disadvantage. A 1 game play-off where the loser goes home and the winner burns its best pitcher sounds good to me. If we have to have 2nd place teams, I like putting them in a hole.
Yes, I like the idea as well, and at first I liked the solution, but now that it is happening I just don't like it. I guess in the end I really don't like the idea of more than 4 playoff teams. I don't like that the 5th best team in a 162-game season could win the World Series (and will, in fact, get to start the post-season with 2 home games).
I know they will never go back to 4 playoff teams, but as I said I would prefer a more balanced schedule coupled with a significant reward for the #1 seed in each league that comes in the form of a significant penalty to the wild card team. (Only two solutions I've though of are 5-game series all at home for the #1 seed, and a "5"-game series, but the #1 seed starts up 1-0.) That would seem to create a really exciting regular season.