It kind of crept up on me, but I just realised* that the NFL season is halfway over! Then I thought of the World Series. This led me to think of the NFL playoffs. Then I did some calculating in my post-lunch brain, which, in itself, can be dangerous.
If a NFL team makes the playoffs as a Wild Card they would end up playing four playoff games on their way to becoming Super Bowl losers or champions. That doesn't sound like a lot until you realize that the NFL season is only 16 games. Quick math calculates that as 25% of the season. If baseball followed the same model, MLB Playoffs would be a whopping 41 game session. Think of it this way, a best of 11 game Division Series, a best of 15 game Championship Series, and a best of 15 game World Series. Not only that, every series would have to get to the final game to count! Now, on the surface, 41 playoff games in baseball sounds/would be ridiculous, but on the other hand, a seven game series may be too small of a sample given the regular season is 162 games.
Like Billy Beane and, presumably, others have said, the MLB Playoffs are a crap shoot. Shouldn't the playoffs be less of a crapshoot? Since the Wild Card was installed in 1995 four Wild Card teams have won the World Series, including the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. Were the Giants really the best team in baseball this year? Were the Cardinals the best team in baseball last year? Isn't the point of the playoffs to determine the best team that season?
2012 saw baseball add a Wild Card game to (partially) make it more rewarding to win your division and less rewarding for those that did not win their division. In 1903 and 1919-1921 the World Series was the best of nine game series. Wouldn't it be beneficial for baseball to expand to a nine games? What are your thoughts?......Go!
*For you AussieMariner