Originally Posted by vaticanplum
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.
Might be true of the 2nd WC. I'm guessing the 1st WC will be able to line it up most of the time.
I really hate the Wild Card. I get the purpose, but over a long 162 game season, I don't see a reason for the second place team to have a chance at a championship. I suppose its necessary to keep fans for most of the teams interested, but I'd just as soon punish them the best way possible. Here are some ideas. Make them play with a 20 man roster. Only one pitching change per game. Only give them 2 outs per inning when they are batting. Only 3 Infielders are allowed. The catcher can't wear a mask. The first baseman needs to play barehanded. Throws more than 60 feet require a relay. No leading off of the base. The CF has to wear a ball and chain. I'm sure there are others.
Lacking those, adding a second team and making them use their staff in a win or else atmospehere, ace or not, while the Division Winners get a rest seems a decent disadvantage.