SOUTH HILLS COMMAND CENTER – Buckle up Pittsburgh. Since pitchers and catchers reported to spring training some 230 days have elapsed in the Pirates’ best year since 1992. And now the life and death of that season comes down to one game.
I get why Major League Baseball opted for the second wild card: it makes the division races more meaningful, it keeps more teams in the races, thereby keeping more fans interested in buying tickets and $8 beer, and it’s also created two great made-for-TV events. I actually like it as a fan of the game. There’s nothing like elimination-game baseball. But I understand why the No. 4 seed does not and likely never will.
The 2013 NL No. 4 seed, the Pirates, finished the season four games better than the Reds but now must win a fourth straight game against Reds on Tuesday to advance to the NLDS. Fairness is not part of the second wild card equation.