So, on mlb.com, two teams have a dash on the Wild Card Games Behind column: the Braves and the Pirates. But they have two different records.
How is that possible? Is it a website glitch or something?
Oh, absolutely crazy in the good, exciting sense. Maybe not if you are a fan of one of the 2 teams. Like how I am still not over the fact that the Padres "lost" to the Rockies in the one-game tie-breaker to decide the wild card in 2007. As far as I am concerned, that game is yet to be finished since Matt Holliday still hasn't touched home plate.
Anyways, since I'm not going to have any personal investment in the crazy one game playoffs, I will be very excited for them.
In all seriousness, I think they got this one absolutely right because there should be some kind of reward for actually winning the division.
Don't think I expressed myself properly. Let me try again.
In football, for example, the Pats were a better team than the Giants last year, but the Giants beat the Pats. Fair enough. The way that game is set up, a lot of it is up to the players. But in baseball, seems like only by the law of averages can we really get a fair assessment of how one team stacks up against another - hence the seven game series. Like, just how the ball makes contact with the bat... no doubt those guys have crazy amounts of skill, but isn't there a luck factor between the ball just about flying over the short stop and the short stop making a leaping catch?
That's kind of how it seems to me. And if you have one game, there's quite a good chance the better team was just unlucky in that one game...