So, did you know, if the Reds were to be the #1 seed, there's a decent chance they would open the playoffs by playing two games on the road in St. Louis? And if that if they are the #2 seed, then there's a decent chance they are starting off the playoffs by playing two on the West Coast? It's true!
I know that this has been touched on in a few threads, but I think a lot of people may not be aware. From an MLB press release about playoff scheduling:
Pretty terrible, huh?For the 2012 Postseason only, the five-game Division Series will begin with two home games for lower seeds, followed by up to three home games for higher seeds. This one-year change, which eliminates a travel day prior to a decisive Game Five of the Division Series, was necessary because the 2012 regular season schedule was established before the agreement on the new Postseason format was reached. Next year, the Division Series will return to the 2-2-1 format used in previous years.
I think it is most likely that either the Reds or Nationals will be the #1 seed, and the NL West winner will be the #3 seed. We all know the Cardinals are going to win the play-in wild card game. So our most likely first round scenarios are starting off playing 2 games in St. Louis or 2 on the west coast before even getting a home game.
That is pretty bad on so many levels.
The good news is, now that I have made a post acknowledging that the Reds will probably make the playoffs, they will likely lose their next 15 games and not even make the playoffs (if my history as a sports fan is any indication).