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Wow, the Rays put Kiermaier on the roster for the WC game tonight. I didn't expect to see that.
Doesn't seem like the sort of guy who'd be terribly useful in a one-game playoff. What are the odds they'll absolutely have to use a defensive replacement?
#6 They're only carrying 9 pitchers
Scott has been battling some back issues, so maybe that's why he was left off the roster.
They're only carrying 9 pitchers
I don't like the even larger deviation from how the standard game of baseball is played.
Agreed ... and easily solved ... require the play-in teams to use the same roster in the next series. Treating the play-in game as a "playoff series" is just silly.
That's a lousy solution to a non-problem. Both teams in this game are playing under the same rules, so there's no edge to be gained by any kind of roster manipulation for either team.
And that's a lousy argument in favor of the current setup. A rule can be both fair and stupid.
Would it be inconsistent? Other baseball games have rules that are meant to prevent roster chicanery and silliness (you cannot demote a player that's tired and then promote him the following day). You could argue that constraining teams by forcing them to carry realistic 25 man rosters is more in keeping with the spirit of the game.
Would it be absurd? Having a playoff round that is one single game guarantees some measure of absurdity - and the practical result of such a rule would be to dissuade teams from carrying pinch-runners, pure defensive replacements, third LOOGYs and other such rare and weird beasts.
David Price should be the on the roster because it just seems right?
Forcing them to choose a roster for this round AND the next round is punitive, for no particular reason ... If you force these teams into a situation where they must decide their playoff roster for two rounds at a time, something you don't do to any other playoff participant or for any other round, that is a problem.
But are Reds and Indians fans really going to think of this as a year where they "made the postseason"?
Oh dear, punitive? You do recall that these teams are playing a win-or-die game whose existence is usually explained by the universal desire to punish the wild card team.
I notice that on these broadcasts, they're using the word "postseason" in every other sentence. MLB is trying desperately to convince people that the wildcard teams "made the postseason." But are Reds and Indians fans really going to think of this as a year where they "made the postseason"?
Further punishing the wild card team would be acceptable if there was a way to do it that benefited all three division winners equally. As is, the only beneficiary is the top seed, a distinction that may or may not be warranted (the NL's top seed, for instance, was determined by tiebreaker, a method of questionable value).
SOSH U - I don't get why you characterize the problem as imaginary. Lots of people on two threads here are complaining about the same exact thing.
Why have him on the roster for Games 2 and 3 of the ALDS either?
These games are not "rounds of the playoffs." That is even more absurd than saying the Indians and the Reds made the playoffs when they lost the play-in game.
I would wager that there is not a single person who has registered this complaint who thinks that the one-game Wildcard round is a good way to run the playoffs.
While I am not crazy about the mandated one-game playoff round, I think I am less bothered by it than I am by the prospect of that one game becoming an endless stream of relief pitchers of the OOGY variety, without any real consequence to the team.
In fact, one of the real plusses of one-game, win-or-go-home matchups is that a team might be incentivized to use its starting pitchers in bullpen roles. The wild card game is now not at all like a "Game 7" in that regard.
Also, I see nothing wrong with lumping the one-game wildcard into the first round of the playoffs. I mean, the game itself didn't even exist two years ago, it can pretty much be defined however MLB wants.
I do agree that forcing teams to set their roster for the entire playoffs would be a nice solution.
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