With the start of October, also comes the start of the Major League Baseball Playoffs and for the first time since 2008, the Cubs will be competing. But, not in the fashion that many Cub fans hope for. The way the playoffs work currently, teams that win their respective divisions go on to make the playoffs and play a 3 out of 5 series. The two teams with the best record that do not win the division, play a one game, win or go home, Wild Card.
The MLB needs to change this system because it’s clearly flawed and doesn’t have the best teams playing. For example, the three best teams in the entire league this year are The Cardinals(100-62), The Pirates (98-64), and The Cubs (97-65). But, because all three of them are in the same division, the Cardinals are automatically in, and either the Cubs or the Pirates won’t be playing in the real postseason. Instead, worse teams like Mets and Dodgers automatically qualify.
This new Wild Card Game system was implemented in 2012 and replaces the old three tier postseason format that was in place from 1995-2011. I believe that the system must change so that the team that wins each division still gets in the playoffs, but the overall record determines your seed. That way teams like the Cubs and Pirates would get the automatic berth and worse teams like the Dodgers and the Mets would have to play the Wild Card Game. But, nonetheless, On Wednesday night, the Pirates and Cubs square off in Pittsburgh for a trip to the National League Division Series. On an interesting side note, The Cubs infamous fan who single handedly prevented the Cubs from going to the World Series, Steve Bartman, will not attend the game despite the request of many fans.