When Major League Baseball added a second Wild Card team I was pretty skeptical. I thought it would water down the playoffs a bit, and I didn’t fully understand how it could possibly work. I always liked the playoffs in baseball because of how exclusive it was; mediocre teams don’t usually get to make it, unless there’s a really crappy division one year.
In 2012, the second Wild Card team was added, which then lead to the Wild Card Game. Despite the Mets being on the losing end last year, I’ve always enjoyed the game. It’s just an immediate game 7 in baseball. Sometimes that has meant a tense pitchers’ duel. Others, like the two this year, have meant lots of scoring and comebacks. Almost every Wild Card Game so far has been entertaining except for one.
What MLB really got right was how important it became to win the division. While adding another team, it in turn rewarded the division winners. Before, all the division winner had over the wild card was home field advantage; which could’ve been lost easily.
All in all, MLB has really nailed their playoff setup. Let’s just hope they don’t try and add anymore teams.