Sunday, October 7, 2012

Home-Field Advantage?

Unfortunately, I have been super busy the last few weeks and haven't been able to post frequently. But now, the NFL season is well into gear and the MLB Playoffs are underway. Stay tuned for frequent posts.

Now, for the real reason behind this post: why on earth do the lower seeded teams in the MLB Playoffs get the first 2 games of the division series at home!?!?!?!?!?!? It makes no sense. The team with the higher record is supposed to "home-field advantage." This year, it's more like home field disadvantage!!!

The Giants got lucky. As the 3rd seed in the NL, they get to play the first two games of the series at home, which if your team plays at AT&T Park, is definitely an advantage. However, after losing last night's game, the series is going to be very tough to win.

The A's weren't so lucky. Yes, they won the division (which was spectacular by the way. For the last week or so, I've been choosing to watch A's games over Giants games, mainly because they were in the heat of a pennant race while the Giants were sitting pretty as the winners of the NL West. And then way the A's won the division was superb. Kudos to them, they had a great season), but now they're stuck as the 2nd seed in the AL, forced to play their first two games in Detroit. And after today's loss, they're down 2-0 in the series and will have to win for 3 nights to win the series.

I do not understand what MLB was thinking when they employed this format. A 2-3 format is absurd. It almost rewards the lesser-seeded team, which is not what is supposed to happen. The A's lost both games on the road and the Cardinals seem primed for a win right now over the 1st-seeded Nationals. This is not what is supposed to happen.

I'm not really sure what MLB was thinking, but hopefully this format gets changed this year.

Good call on the 2 wild cards, bad call on the "home-field disadvantage."

Go Giants!!

And A's!

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