This new playoff format has its issues for sure, but that is not the point of this slide.
The addition of a second wild card basically means that one extra team every season can fight for a championship instead of watching at home. It also puts a lot of pressure on teams to win their division because no one wants to play in the one-game playoff.
This can be negative for the Rangers, but it also presents opportunities. The main objective is to make it into the playoffs, after that anything can happen. The team that gets hot at the end of the season is usually the most dangerous. The extra wild card gives every team in contention this opportunity, including Texas.
The Rangers have a tough fight in their division. Should they not win it, at least the battle with teams like Boston, New York and Tampa Bay looks a little less daunting when there is an extra playoff spot open.
The best team in the MLB regular season rarely wins the World Series in today’s game. As mentioned earlier, the extra opportunity to make the playoffs can give Texas chance to get hot and win that championship that has eluded them.