Originally posted by robniner:
Might as well call the potential games on Monday and Tuesday the postseason qualifying round for the wild-card game.
Who thought this has a mini-round robin effect?
The new wild card format is terrible. The entire point of the original wild card spot was to give a non-division winner a fair chance. Now that theyve created the 1 game playoff, whichever wild card team actually wins that battle then has to enter the postseason at a significant disadvantage after burning their best SP. Now whoever wins that wild card spot has to limp in. It seems counterproductive. The penalty for not winning your division is having to concede home field to every opponent youd face. They dont need the added obstacle of losing your best SP in round 1.
Eventually a 1st wild card team will have won 97 games, and a 2nd wild card team will have won 87, and the 87 win team will pull out a controversial 1 game playoff win, and knock the 97 win team out, and then MLB will have to get back into adjusting the system again after a major outcry.
Its a nice attempt at getting more teams involved in playoff races, but there has to be a better way to do it.