"Baseball's playoffs will expand from eight to 10 teams, starting this season, according to major-league sources." -Per Ken Rosenthal. You can read the full article here.And with that the Royals chances for making the playoffs from a purely statistical standpoint have increased from 28.6% to 35.7%. This will be the highest percentage of playoff teams ever fielded by a league and with the addition of the Houston Astros to the American League in 2013, it will be the highest percentage for the foreseeable future.
At first I hated the thought that a wildcard team, after winning several games more than another wild card team, could be knocked out in a one game playoff. However, after further thought I have really fallen in love with the idea. Last season we experienced one of the most exhilarating postseasons in Major League Baseball history. Part of the reason for that was game 162.
Now every season the playoffs are going to get started with a bang. Two teams will showdown; ace versus ace. Do or die. All or nothing. If you are a traditionalist you can take comfort in the fact that once again, an emphasis is placed on the division winners. I can't wait for the season to get started and I can't wait until the excitement of October.