So it seems a certainty that MLB is going to add an additional Wild Card team in each league for 2012. I don't like it, but not for the reasons everybody is talking about. I don't care if they're just doing it for more TV money. I don't care if it makes the season last longer. I don't care if it means the Red Sox and Yankees both make the playoffs every year from now till eternity. I don't like it because they're saying the Wild Card round will be either 2 out of 3, or just 1 game. My biggest issue with the current playoff system is that the 3 out of 5 first round is too short. It's just way too small a sample. Anything can happen in 3 baseball games. And it's not representative of the whole team when you only have to use 3 of your 5 starting pitchers. Now imagine ONE game. It has nothing to do with the teams, just whichever ace is better that day.
How about this for a comparison: One baseball game is the mathematical equivalent to half a basketball game. If the first round of the NBA Playoffs was half a game long, the Bulls, Celtics, Magic, Spurs, Lakers, and Thunder all would have been upset last week.
Or even crazier, one baseball game is the same percentage of a season as 6 minutes of an NFL game.