MLB Playoff Restructuring: What New Format Would Have Done to Past Postseasons

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MLB Playoff Restructuring: What New Format Would Have Done to Past Postseasons
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As the end of the All-Star break ushers in the second half of the baseball season, MLB’s revamped playoff system has a slew of teams thinking they have a shot at a postseason berth.

The addition of a second wild-card team in each league does open up more opportunities down the stretch, but the change isn’t without its dark side.

After all, the second wild-card team will be meeting the other wild-card club in a one-game playoff “series,” and all kinds of fluky things can happen when a single game is all the chance a team gets.

Should the top wild-card team, having already proven its supremacy over 162 games in the standings, have to risk everything on one meeting with a team that might have finished five or six games lower?

MLB thinks it should, but read on for a look at what that arrangement would have meant for past seasons of playoff baseball.

h/t to Ed A. for suggesting the premise for this article.

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