Originally Posted by Boondock Saint
This is just math and science here, really. You do not get a more accurate result or come to a more clear conclusion in seven or fewer tests than you do with 252 tests.
It's not either/or, it's a combination of the 2, which was already said. If you can't follow, then we can't continue the discussion.
The explanation for the WS's weight in the comparison, was already explained. It's not just 7 vs 252 or 7 + 252.
Just because the Giants and Tigers "got there" does not automatically make them better than everybody else, and negate the entire six months that preceded the World Series. The simple fact is that the best team doesn't always win the championship, and the the team that wins the championship isn't the best by default. You can't just say "It's the postseason, it's different, and the better team always does better in the postseason" and expect it to fly.
In 2005, the Cardinals were far superior to the Astros, but they lost in the NLCS. The 8 seed Warriors beat the 1 seed Mavs in the first round of the 2007 playoffs. The Mavs beat the Heat in the finals two years ago despite Miami being the team of the future with three all stars in their prime, and the Mavs being too old, only having one star, and having a reputation as a choker in the postseason. In 2011, the 102 win Phillies, who had a dream team rotation of Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, got beat in five games by the Cards who had to rely on Kyle Lohse, Edwin Jackson and Jaime Garcia after Chris Carpenter, not to mention that the Phillies had a lineup that featured Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez, while the Cards could only counter that with Albert Pujols, Rafael Furcal, Yadier Molina and Lance Berkman. Upsets happen all the time. It's not because the underdog was just better after all, and we just didn't know it, it's just that the underdog happened to win that time.
It's not that playoff baseball is different. It's that baseball in itself is crazy, and nobody can say for certain who's going to win on any given day. That's why you have to take the entire season into consideration when you say who's best.
The purpose of the playoffs is to determine who is the best team among the playoff teams, and thus, best, period. I don't care how great the 05 Cards, 07 Mavs and 11 Phils looked in the playoff-qualifying round (regular season). None of those teams have a single excuse for failing when it really mattered.
The purpose of the reg season is to qualify for the playoffs. That is it. It is not, nor will it ever be, to determine the best team, or order of who is best.
Again, if a runner is ahead during most of a race, it doesn't mean he is best unless he is ahead at the end of that race
Playoffs are that last stretch of a race. If a team eliminates you, they leapfrogged you.
72-10 don't mean a thing without a ring. And neither does 162-0.