All along, Major League Baseball has been trying to build drama with their postseason. This year they added another Wild Card team and scheduled a one game series between the Wild Card teams to see who would advance. To make things even more exciting, this year we will have an additional tie-breaker for the right to earn the last Wild Card spot.
The Cleveland Indians are currently at home awaiting the winner of game 163 between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. The game will be played tomorrow night in Arlington, Texas. The winner will then travel to Cleveland to take on the Indians on Wednesday.
According to MLB, the change in format was done, in part, to handicap the Wild Card teams and make them unable to match up their pitching staffs heading into the playoffs. Now they presumably will throw their best pitcher in the Wild Card game and will have to send their 2nd best pitcher to the mound in game one of the division series.
Win-or-go-home games are very exciting for all involved. It is a little crazy to have a 162 game season come down to 1 game, but if they couldn’t decide a better team through the regular season, than a tie-breaker is necessary. I believe that the Rays will come out on top but tune in to find out what happens.