Thursday, May 17, 2012
Baseball’s owners have approved changing the format of this year’s AL and NL Division Series from a 2-2-1 format to a 2-3 format, giving the team with home-field advantage the last three games of the five-game series.
The change, approved by owners on Thursday, was made to accommodate baseball’s new one-game wild-card playoff round. The new round of playoffs was added after schedules were set with the regular season ending Oct. 3 and the World Series starting Oct. 24.
Teams with home-field advantage will host Games 3, 4, and 5, eliminating one travel day, and the wild-card playoff winners will start the Division Series at home.
Because possibly losing one travel day (let me stress, possibly, as you only save on travel if the series goes five games) is worth forcing the #1 seed to open on the road. There is a reason they changed this format after using it for the first few Wild Card postseasons - it is not fair to the best teams, the teams you theoretically should be rewarding for their regular season success.
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