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MLB playoffs: What do you think of the wild card format? [Poll]

October 02, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen celebrate after the Pittsburgh Pirates' 6-2 victory over Cincinnati in the National League wild card game Tuesday night.
Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen celebrate after the Pittsburgh Pirates'… (Justin K. Aller / Getty Images )

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians finished the 162-game MLB regular-season slate with the best records among all non-division winners in their respective leagues.

Up until last year, that would have been enough to secure each squad a spot in the division series of the playoffs as its league's wild card team.

But under the current system, a second wild card team from each league makes it to the postseason for a one-game playoff game, with the winners then advancing to the divisional series.

The Pirates passed the test Tuesday night with a 6-2 win over Cincinnati -- which had finished the regular season four games behind Pittsburgh after being swept by the Pirates the previous weekend. Pittsburgh will face St. Louis in the National League division series starting Thursday.

Now it's the Indians' turn. They take on a Tampa Bay team that finished just one game behind Cleveland in the regular-season standings but needed to win a tiebreaker game against Texas on Monday to make it to another do-or-die game against the Indians on Wednesday.

The winner will play Boston in the American League division series, starting Friday.

What do you think of the wild card format? Is it good because it keeps more teams in the playoff race down the stretch? Or is it unfair to have everything rest on one game after a grueling season?

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