We need to win the division next year. These one game buzz saws suck.I bet if it was the Yankees or Red Sox in this situation, there would be changes (or at least more of an uproar). I'm still torn, since on one hand its kind of unfair to boil the whole season down to one game, but on the other hand, they didn't win the division, and this gives another team a shot.
One thing I heard mentioned this am was the idea of re-seeding after the wild card game.. which I disagree with. It's a distinct disadvantage to go into a 5 game series after just having to burn your best pitcher to get there. The team with the best record should get the advantage of playing that team.
The Yankees did just lose their game Tuesday night. Though this was their first time, not their third in a row.
I think they should go to a three game series. I know, that messes up the pitching rotation for the team that advances. But it at least prevents this hot pitcher situation from ruining what could have been great series between the two best teams in the league. At least the Cubs are the third best team.
When I say a three game series, I don't want it to push back the start of the next round though. I think the two wild card teams advancing should start their divisional play on Friday. The one round can have a day / night double header on Tuesday. The other round can start Tuesday mid afternoon. Then Wednesday, game three if necessary can be played for the one league. And the other can have a day / night doubleheader if necessary. All three games are played in the home team's stadium -- no travel.
That gives enough rest that #1 starters could be ready for game 2 at worst. That's already pretty much where they are with games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The only difference is using up #2 and maybe even #3. But by the time you get to those games, with travel days off, there is plenty of rest.