Re: How come the Wild Card can't play own division winner?
posted at 9/28/2011 5:16 PM EDT
In Response to Re: How come the Wild Card can't play own division winner?
In Response to Re: How come the Wild Card can't play own division winner? : Hey Zac, One could argue that the WC team is not always "the forth best team" and in fact in many years is clearly the second best both in overall record and on paper... Since the advent of the division format pre-dating and even since they expnded and added the WC. There have been many examples of the teams finishing second in a divsion, missing the post season, dispite having a better record than a division winner and that was back when they played a balanced schedule too. That said, I don't know how Selig will or can sell adding a WC play in game to the format, as long as they maintain the unbalanced schedule too include the intraleague games. Given the unblanced schedule I am not a proponant of handicapping the WC team...I'd rather they just elimanate it...and give the team wioth the best record a bye...
Posted by Beantowne
Baseball is the only sport that has such a discrepency in scheduling among teams. In the NFL teams play identical schedules to other teams in their division, except for 2 weighted games that are determined by the previous year's standings. You rotate through other divisions both conference and non conference. It is logical, transparent and as close to equal as you can find. I could literally tell you next years schedule for all the teams, except for 2 games.
In the NHL and NBA teams in the same conference play almost the same schedule, with it weighted slightly more to divisional opponents but with 8 teams making the play-offs, those discrepencies are largely mitigated.
In MLB, Toronto and Cleveland are both 80-81 right now. 4th place Toronto played 3/4 (54 games) of its division schedule against teams with winning records, while 2nd place Cleveland played 3/4 of its division schedule against losing teams. There is no way you can say that those 2 teams have an equal shot at the WC.
With realignment and constant interleague coming I say, scale back division play, 12 games against each divisional opponent(48),10 games against the rest of the teams in the league(100), and 12 interleague games. That is 160 games and I think gives enough interleague that you always have 1 interleague series going, which you need with 15 in each league. I would say that MLB should weight the interleague schedules, the way the NFL does, have 1st place teams play first place teams and so on.