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The controversial infield fly call in the Braves-Cardinals one game play-in will forever provide an argument against the new playoff format.
The MLB adding more teams to the postseason was an idea that was wanted among fans for quite some time. While they did add two more qualifying positions for teams starting this year, it may have turned out to be in the wrong way.
As we saw in the Braves-Cardinals one-game Wild Card play-in, anything can happen in one game. The controversial infield fly call may not have altered the final result of the game had it been called differently, but nor do we know that for sure.
Interestingly, as CBSSports' Trent Rosecrans pointed out, Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones saw this kind of situation playing out months prior. Chipper cautioned that in a one-game series, anything (like an umpire's bad call) could influence the overall result. Oddly enough, it was his Braves squad that fell victim to such a situation this season.
Yes, the MLB now technically sees more teams qualifying for its postseason as everyone had hoped for, but it will often be at the cost of the other higher-standing teams. The fact that the first place Wild Card team, whom would immediately have qualified for the best-of-five League Division Series under previous formats, now has a more difficult and unpredictable road to the postseason speaks to such concerns.
Some will call it more exciting, but there is no doubt that the current system, although not even through one season, could use some tinkering. Even small changes, like making the Wild Card play-in a three game series, could have quite positive outcomes.