I think the current MLB playoff format is a joke and as a result we will no longer be publishing any MLB handicapped picks. Far to often since it's inception the Wild Card team has advanced at the expense of a superior, division winning team. The fans may love the 'ginned up' atmosphere' but to a purist like myself it wreaks of show biz. Probably the all-time worst playoff joke was the 2014 World Series when two wild card winners got hot for a 2 week stretch and ultimately faced each other in the world series. lmao. Or, how about the 2002 wild card winner Anaheim Angels who went on to win the world series? Or the Boston Red Sox in 2004? I could go on and on but I am sure get the point.
I would suggest if MLB really wanted to reward division winners they would reward them with 4 home games in the 5 game series. If the wild card winner could then win 4 games on the road, good for them
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