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10-05-2012, 10:41 PM
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I believe the series format for the division round is a one year thing because they changed the playoff format right before spring training and took away the travel day between games 4 and 5 (though from 1998-2006 said day didn't exist and they still traveled).

The format is also the same MLB used for 5 games series from 1969-1985 in the LCS and 1995-1997 in the LDS, but that was also when home field rotated among divisions and was not based on record. It was a way to counteract the advantage.

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