Originally Posted by birdsonthebat
The playoffs offer a clean slate. Your regular season stats are meaningless, the best teams advance, losers go home. It's as simple as that.
The best teams rarely advance anymore, the hottest teams at the end of the season advance. That why teams with the least wins in RS are going to win more playoff games since the 1990's if the Cards or Tigers win 4 more games combined than the teams with the best overall records.
In the playoffs SP depth becomes meaningless as its all about your top guys. Cards get a top guy back they win with him, Nats and Reds lose a top guy for the playoffs and they are going home.
Much like the NCAA tournament the more you let in the more likely the good teams are going to lose. Houston could win a 5 game series if they go in.