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09-30-2008 03:40 PM #1
The whole one-game playoff concept rubs me the wrong way.
There was a complaint about this on the minorleagueball.com boards, and I realize that I agree. There are 162 games played in a season, and they're just gonna add a bonus game to determine whose season meant something and whose didn't? Given one game, any team can beat any team. Make it so that every team in MLB gets a one-game playoff and it wouldn't be a stretch, by any means, for Washington and Seattle and San Diego to get playoff spots. It's also set up so that whoever the winning team is gets barely any rest between playoff series.
There should be a string of set tiebreakers that exist well within the 162 games of the season. Each team's record against each other, record against the division, record against the league, run differential, etc. Makes no sense to add another game into the mix.
09-30-2008 03:50 PM #2
However, after those 162, you weed out the crappy teams and put the good ones in the playoffs. Well, the Twins and White Sox played their 162 games and finished the same. I think, at that point, it makes all the sense in the world to play a one game playoff.
The thing that rubs me the wrong way (sorry to steal your phrase) is that the game is in Chicago. The Twins won the season series against the White Sox. That should determine who gets to play at home in the one game playoff.
09-30-2008 04:03 PM #3
Chicago: 76-68 .528
Minnesota: 74-70 .514
Minnesota vs. Chicago:
So, I guess you'd have to make a case for Minnesota deserving it more?
I know they use record against each other to determine seeding in the playoffs in the case of a tie regular season record when both teams are guaranteed a spot. i.e. If the Rays and BoSox ended up with the exact same record, the BoSox would be the Wild Card, as the Rays have the season series record.
I don't think a one-game playoff is any more ridiculous to a team's shot at the playoffs coming down to the last game of the season, as happened to the Mets.
09-30-2008 04:04 PM #4
09-30-2008 04:05 PM #5
Who is everybody rooting for tonight?
I'm fully behind the Twins.
And then I'm fully behind whoever wins the Rays/Twins series to beat the Angels/Red Sox.
09-30-2008 04:09 PM #6
09-30-2008 04:20 PM #7
What other way is there to determine the champ? Record against each other, to me, should determine home field, but other than that, you have to let them play to determine the winner.
If that is your mindset, than what is 5 games that they play the division series in? What's 7 for the LCS or World Series?
I fully expect Drungo to come on here with his Anti-Playoff Rant . But if you think the playoffs are ok, why not a playoff game to determine who gets in?
09-30-2008 05:50 PM #8Board National League Analyst
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I like playing the extra game rather than using tiebreakers. If 162 isn't enough to determine the winner, then play 163.
Now if you wanted to determine the home team using tiebreakers instead of a coinflip, I could get behind that.
09-30-2008 05:59 PM #9Released Released
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I love the tiebreaker game. The San Diego/Colorado game last year was one of the best games I've ever watched. I'm behind the Twins but seeing Griffey in the postseason wouldn't be too shabby either.
09-30-2008 07:08 PM #10
09-30-2008 07:09 PM #11
By the way...do you guys know the last team that Griffey played in the playoffs?
That would be the Baltimore Orioles, in 1997.
Think about that. Wow.
09-30-2008 10:24 PM #12
Great game tonight. I think the tiebreaker game is a great thing. It's been the scene of some of the great moments in baseball history.
09-30-2008 10:30 PM #13
All either team had to do to avoid needing to play the one game tie breaker was to win one more game during the regular season. Just one! They couldn't do that, so they get penalized by losing one of their off days before the ALDS begins to break the tie. They also use up a good starting pitcher and relief pitchers who could have been used in game 1 of the ALDS instead if they'd just won their division outright. That's perfectly fair to me.
09-30-2008 10:31 PM #14
On some level it is wrong.
For me, the game should never be played....These teams play each other 18 times...That is a large enough sample size to say that the team that wins most of the games should win the division...Now, you can say what happens if the games are split evenly..then go to division record.
But even if you want to go against that, then the team that wins the most games against the other should get home field.
I mean, what are those 18 games worth? They have to count for something.
09-30-2008 10:45 PM #15Plus Member since 03/05
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I think the season series should break a tie. 18 games head to head is a better measure of what team is better than one extra game.