First of all, who ya got? The 2012 MLB playoffs are off to the races tonight with the first ever seen, one-game-play-in series. The Atlanta Braves host the defending World Series Champion, St. Louis Cardinals, while the Texas Rangers to host the Baltimore Orioles.
J Norman Post Predictions: We are taking the Braves to beat out the Cardinals and to make up for there ‘Red Sox-like’ collapse of 2011. We want to see Larry ‘Chipper’ Jones make a deep run into the 2012 post season for his final playoff appearance of his historic career.
We’ve got Baltimore beating the Texas Rangers. The Orioles haven’t been here in what seems like centuries. They are hungry. They will use every pitcher in their rotation to secure their chances. I can assure you this, you will see the bullpen active all night! The Rangers blew their first place lead over the Oakland Athletics which was upheld more or less all season long. They are on the down slope and we expect the young and energetic Baltimore Orioles to take off running.
J Norman’s thoughts on 2012 Playoff Format: It’s a start. I have been saying that baseball needs to involve more teams in the playoffs ever since I became a fan. They play 162 games a year and only 8 teams make the post season!! Come on.
So, involving a one game, wild card series is a start. I expect the wild card series to open up into at least a best of 3 at some point. Baseball is too weird of a game to put the entire season’s outcomes on one game. Anything can happen. Although, I guess that’s what makes baseball a truly special game. What are your thoughts on the 2012 MLB Playoff Format?