Extra Wild Card?
Interesting piece by Dave Brown over at Big League Stew about the possibility of adding a second wild card to both leagues in MLB.
He takes a look back to see which teams would have made the playoffs had there been a second wild card ever since the start of the current playoff format back in 1995. He also has a lede that does what it is supposed to do…grab you attention!!!
If Bud Selig’s new round of playoff expansion is motivated by another sinister and unstated goal —
to give the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox more chances to win the
World Series — the honchos at Major League Baseball probably ought to
think of another way.
By checking regular-season win-loss records
since 1995, the overlords would find that the Red Sox and Yankees would
have made the playoffs only one additional time each because of an extra wild
card spot. Both of those instances came in the past three years — the
Red Sox this season and the Yankees in ’08.
On two other
occasions, the Red Sox finished with the best record among non-playoff teams, but
would have needed tiebreakers to make the playoffs. And only one other
AL East team — the 1998 Toronto Blue Jays — would have benefited from a second wild card spot.
So, the Yankees and Red Sox franchises in this way aren’t much
different from the Angels, Indians and Athletics; those teams “missed out” on
two AL playoff spots apiece since ’95.
You’re going to have to go to the article to see which team would have made the playoffs the most as the second wild card had there been one since ’95.
I don’t see how adding a second wild card is going to do anything (I believe one person on twitter said the tagline for a potential matchup between two wild cards should be: Stay tuned for a matchup between two teams that weren’t good enough to win their division!) that is good.
Almost everything that I think about an expanded playoff format for MLB was said by Duk in this other post at Big League Stew. It is titled: Wait: Baseball is serious about this expanded playoff thing?
You will want to click on that last link for a good read.