Let me start off by saying that I do not like the wildcard format, but I understand that when you have three divisions, it is necessary to have a wildcard. I like two wildcards even less, and I hate the one-and done system MLB instituted for the wildcard teams. I think a three game playoff is much more desireable.
That said, I saw an interesting proposal for MLB to seed playoff teams based on record. Under normal circumstances, seeding teams probably doesn't make too much sense, but we're faced with an interesting situation this year...the teams with the three best records in baseball are all in the NL Central.
Full disclosure: I'm a Pirates fan, but I'd feel the same way if the situation occured in any other division (except the American League, because the AL doesn't play baseball, they play a bizarre, mutated version). The Pirates and the Cubs would be division winners if they played in any other division, in either league. The Pirates won 98 games, the Cubs won 97. Usually, that's enough to win a division, except the incredible Cardinals won 100 games.
Now, I'd have no issue with the Cards besting the Bucs by two games, if it weren't for the wildcard. The Royals, Rangers and Blue Jays are all guarenteed a spot in a playoff series with worse records. The key here, in my mind, is SERIES. The baseball season is played largely in three and four game series between teams. Deciding a playoff on a one-and-done game just rubs me the wrong way.
For example, the 86-76 Astros defeated the 87-75 Yankees yesterday. The Astros advance, the Yankees go golfing. A three game series is a better test (and I can't stand the Yankees).
The Frothling enjoyed the first T-Ball game of the year. She's hitting the ball much better this year, and her throwing and catching is improving as well. We moved her into a community league this year, I think the coaching is better and she's meeting some of the kids she'll be with in kindergarten this fall. Next year she'll be in the six year old program, no more hitting off the tee then!
Thank you Pirates for a great season, now that you have some playoff experience, we'll get 'em next year! As for now, I'm loyal to the NL Central, so GO CARDS! Beat the Dodgers, and then, beat the AL!!
Some days I think I know what I want to type about, but someone else then does it so much better than I could ever do it. For example, Doug Milhous J over at Balloon Juice:
If the Republicans wanted to eat all the Irish babies, and the Democrats opposed cannibalism, Fournier and the rest would wonder why Obama couldn’t lead by agreeing to eat half the Irish babies…
In other news, the Pirates play their first post-season game since 1992 on Tuesday, and I'm a bit worried. They'll be playing the Reds in Pittsburgh, a team that's won 90 games, compared to the Pirates 94. However the Pirates are coming off a three game sweep of the Reds, and the Reds finished the season by losing their final five.