Because there are few baseball races this year, many in the media are now calling for expanded baseball playoffs.
Whatever. But aren't these some of the same guys who, when baseball went to a wild-card system, were blaming commissioner Bud Selig for ruining the sanctity and purity of the game by letting too many teams in? Comparing it in derogatory fashion to hockey's allegedly bloated playoffs (not so bloated really, these days, 16 get in, 14 miss, pretty much NBA style)?
The trouble with expanding playoffs in any sport is, the more riff-raff you let in, the more chance you have of getting a riff-raff champion. Particularly in baseball. A team with two hot pitchers can easily win it all in a series of short series.
Sports Illustrated recently carried an article on how much better the American League is than the National, citing the AL's domination of the all-star game and the fact the sad-sack Kansas City Royals have a winning record in inter-league play against NL teams. A scout was then asked, well, how come the leagues have split the last 10 or so World Series, including the Philadelphia Phillies winning last year.
The scout's answer? The World Series is just a crapshoot.
He's pretty much right. It's the little-respected regular season that truly determines who the best teams are, long haul.