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10-05-2012, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by NJDevs26 View Post
I don't know why you keep harping on the 9 back of their division, would it have been more just if the Reds had 89 wins instead of 97 (putting the Cards one back)? The Cards would have still had the same number of wins, it doesn't matter how much they finished behind. It's not like the Cards coasted into the playoffs either, they had the Dodgers a game or two behind them only eliminated on the penultimate night in SF.

The problem with having a three or five-game WC series is you then give all the other playoff teams TOO much time off, baseball's a rhythm sport. You really can't have more than three days off without rust being an issue.
I'm harping on that because the reasoning for this 1 game playoff is, "It gives you much more reason to win your division!" How is that so? If a team that finishes so far back in theirs can now jump ahead of a team that they were what 5 back of when the season ended to earn a playoff series like the other division winners? Yeah great, the teams who win the division don't have to play in this gimmick game that can go either way any given night. Which is the rationale behind such a long season - any game can go any way either night, so we need to do that 162 times to figure out who's really good. Makes perfect sense.

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