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I don't think anybody is saying that the 1-game WC is "unfair" to the #5 team; I'm not sure anybody is saying that it's unfair to the #4 team (although I think the Braves are a genuinely good team that are going to play a 1-gamer against a genuinely good team). What the poster was saying is that he can't get excited about seeing a bunch of mediocre teams battle for a chance at a 1-game playoff. The Phils or Brewers or D-Backs might pull off one of the "greatest" comebacks in history then be down 8-0 after 2 innings 2 days later. Sure, it's more exciting than Deal or No Deal but it's pretty much the same concept.
I was saying that the excitement of the race for the second wild card is tempered by the reward.
courtesy of shock from a thread last september when frenchy did it to an a's rookie
Dumb question, but is the names at the end of each game, the outfielder who made the throw?
I'm not against the rule, but if wild card teams do as well in the playoffs after the rule as before, maybe it's worse. You are penalizing a team for not winning the division, but you are cancelling that out by rewarding an even worse team with a playoff spot.
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