Division series format for playoffs this year is 2-3, not 2-2-1
For this season only, the divisional series of the playoffs will have the top two division winners in each league play two road games before coming home for (up to) three in the five-game series.
We already know that baseball is adding a second wild card to each league for the playoffs this season, but that was approved pretty late in the offseason -- and the World Series schedule had already been set. Thus, a travel day from the divisional series needed to be eliminated in order to accomodate the play-in wild card game and still leave the World Series schedule as is.
Adding the second wild card for this season was a huge priority for commissioner Bud Selig, and it seems like it was going to get done at any cost -- even if that means altering the format for just one season. I don't quite see that it was such an important issue to force through during spring training and change the entire format of one round of the playoffs, but what's done is done.
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