Originally Posted by doublem23
There's a difference between making the playoffs and "making" the playoffs. The 2008 Sox won the Central because they were the least mediocre team in a woefully awful division that year. Everybody was aware of this and they were promptly bounced by a much better Tampa Bay team. I think people can forgive early playoff exits when you're the better team that just loses in a heart-wrenching way. Nobody considers the Nats' 98-win season last year a "fluke," even if they couldn't get out of the NLDS, but that's just because they got ****ed by the stupid 5-game series setup. But when you need an extra game just to get to 89 wins, that's not the sign of a great team, just the luckiest of the bunch.
Great post . I hate the idea of a 5 game series too, increases the chances of a fluke series win immensely. Seven games pretty much leaves little doubt because either the first or second best pitcher on a team is going to get a third shot in a game seven. A vastly inferior team with one real good pitcher and a couple breaks can easily get lucky and win a 5 game set. It seems to me to be cheating a better team to allow that after a 162 game marathon season.