But now I see the utter genius behind adding the second wild card in each league. First, the two wildcards are guaranteed exactly one playoff game instead of the possible five they have been since 1995. And because it is a one game "play-in," the better wild card team that clinches the spot earliest can allign their best starting pitcher to pitch that game. The system rewards the division winners, who sit back and await the outcome.
It also keeps teams like the Orioles, Rays, Braves, Pirates, A's and Cardinals in the race. How cool would it be to see a playoff game in Baltimore or Pittsburgh again?
Commissioner Bud Selig has gotten a lot wrong in his tenure at the helm--overlooking the steroid era, awarding home field to the All Star Game winner, etc. But he got this additional wild card thing right. We are guaranteed years of Septembers-to-Remember.