Posted By Jeff Fletcher on September 28, 2011 8:53 am
We seem to be headed to a very exciting end to the regular season, with ties atop the wild card in both leagues heading to game 162. It’s tempting to think this is a reason to believe that adding a second wild card would have made for less drama.
But that’s wrong.
What’s the real result we’re all hoping to see this week? Two one-game playoffs, of course. Winner-take-all games are the most dramatic thing in the sport.
If a second wild card was added, and the two were forced to play each other in a one-game playoff (as opposed to a best-of-three, which I’m against), we’d have that every year!
No, we wouldn’t have the drama in Game 162 this year, but the races for the second wild card would still have been decent. The Cardinals wouldn’t have eliminated the Giants until after Game 159, and the Rays wouldn’t have eliminated the Angels until after Game 160. That’s still pretty good.
And then the Cardinals and Braves and Rays and Red Sox would play in a couple winner-take-all game, which is the best-case scenario we can hope for now.
Also, let’s not forget that the two wild-card system seemed way better until the Red Sox and Braves decided to both tank with huge leads. If not for those, we would have really been begging for that second wild card this year.
Finally, the best reason to have the second wild card is to make sure there is incentive to win the division.
Looks like we won’t get the second wild card in 2012, but hopefully we will in 2013.