The wild card run amok
Posted by keithosaunders on September 15, 2011
Today’s post will be devoted to my esteemed guest-blogger, and best friend, Jeff Mazzei. Since he wrote this, (last week) a couple of the races have tightened up, but with only 15 games or so remaining on the schedule, time is getting short.
The Redsox, with their myriad of pitching injuries, have somehow let Tampa back into the picture; they are four up in the wild card race. In the NL wild card, while I wasn’t looking the Cards crept to within four and half of Atlanta.
But enough of me. Here’s Jeff!
I don’t know why I should be surprised and confounded by this, but with the pennant races evaporating, all I read is how we need another wild card team like the commissioner wants because he’s coming to the rescue of this September’s non-races. Talk about another knee-jerk reaction! How long has the current format been in place? To my recollection, this is the only time in 17 years it may come down to the wire with no race. And may I point out that were it not for the wild card, there would be an exciting race in the AL East. And if the Braves were to close the gap on the Phillies, that would be another non-race race. Oh, but if the American league only had a second wild card, then we could throw the Texas – Anaheim race in the trash as well. They just don’t get it. The people who run this are so myopic.
Mr. Selig wants 2 wild cards in each league having a play-in game. I can see this coming from 3000 miles down the road: the first wild card is the Yankees or Red Sox with the 2nd best record in the league. The second wild card is a so-so team—-we’ll call them the Seattle Mariners—-who happen to have a blue chip pitcher—–we’ll call him Felix Hernandez—-who throws a 2-hit shutout at the 2nd best team in the league, and on goes Seattle. Let the hand-wringing begin and sound the alarms.