Heading for another photo finish
With three games left in the regular season there are still four divisions left that have not been decided. Three are in the AL. That speaks to the parity in the game. But again this year, the Wild Card has been what has kept the game so interesting to watch.
There are two teams in the NL battling for the last Wild Card spot, with the Cardinals holding a two-game lead over the Dodgers. But in the AL, there are three teams still alive — the Rays, the A’s, and the Angels — with three division races still undecided. The Nationals hold a three-game lead over the Braves in the NL East.
As a baseball analyst and a fan of our game, I think the added Wild Card spots in each league have proven to do exactly what commissioner Bud Selig had hoped: keep teams playing hard for all 162 games that are on the schedule. After seeing what we all refer to as “Wild Card Wednesday” in 2011 and the excitement that brought to our game, it is hard for anyone to sit back and say that adding the additional Wild Card team from each league this year has been anything but a huge success.
For all the fans out there who love this game as much as I do, the last three days are going to be a blast to watch. Then will come the excitement of the one-game Wild Card playoff for the right to play in the Division Series!
I have never been known as a “company man,” but in this case it is hard not say that what baseball has done has been anything other than a huge feather in their cap!