About the Wild Card. Since the AL won the all-star game this year, home field advantage goes to the AL. From 1995 to 2008, the wild card spot has won 4 out of 14 times (’97, 2002, 2003, 2004). Wild card spots will play the team in the league with the best record for the divisional series. However, a wild card team is not allowed to play a team in the same division during the divisional series. In this case, the wild card team plays the team with the 2nd best record in the league. Wild card spots don’t get home field advantage in the division series or the champion league series. Some baseball “purists” don’t agree with having the wild card in place. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it. It’s not much different than having a “4th seed” in each league. True, it does take away from the pennant races and makes the race at the end a little more complicated, but with 30 teams in MLB, I think the top 8 should get a chance to compete for the championship rather than the top 6, and adding those extra two teams in the playoffs gets the MLB significantly more exposure and money.
My dream scenario–Rangers take the division from the Angels, I’m going to go ahead and count the Yankees in since it’s more than likely going to happen, Tigers win their division, and Red Sox win the wild card. Rangers beat Yankees, Red Sox beat Tigers, Rangers beat Red Sox and go onto the Series. Yeah, we’ll see. In the National League, Cardinals and Phillies are both pretty much in, wouldn’t mind seeing Dodgers not get in b/c of the whole Manny issue, but I like the Giants in the Wild Card. If the Rangers don’t make it, I’ll be pulling for Boston, Detroit, St. Louis, and/or San Francisco.