Nothing is normal or certain in 2020, least of all next week’s newfangled, way-too-many-teams, way-too-short-a-series, best-of-three first round of the Major League Baseball playoffs.
The best team in each league and the eighth team might as well flip a coin to decide who moves on to the bubbles in Texas and California, where the real, best-of-five and best-of-seven part of the postseason will be conducted.
Baseball playoffs are not meant to be decided this way. Sure, there have been one-game wild-card showdowns since 2012 – although not this year – but non-division winners earned that sort of precariousness.
Division winners deserve better. Better teams deserve better.