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Wild Card game concern


Wild Card game concern

One issue that I have with the two wild card system is a lot of the time it is actually going to be unfair for the best team.

I know that may seem crazy but look at this league I am in...

https://www.pennantchase.com/lgStan..
As you can see, my team (orioles) is going to win the toughest division and the wildcard teams are going to be from my division with the Frogs and Bombers both set to win around 100 games. Right now, they would play in a wild card game and then I get the winner.

Under the old format I would get to play a team with a negative run differential who will finish around .500 in Moose Jaw Falcons. Now I get the pleasure of facing either the 2nd or 3rd best team in the league after winning over 115 games?

The teams with the 4th and 6th best records are going to get to play for a spot in the championship while the top 3 are going to have to battle for representation. That doesn't make a lot of sense.

It would make more sense to just get rid of divisions and give the top 3 teams byes and 4 vs 5. Am I wrong?

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Another problematic example...

https://www.pennantchase.com/lgStan..
In this league Gus (knights) and I (orioles) always have the best two teams. Seriously. Always. He will win 120 games and me 115 and the next year it switches. No big deal normally because the top guy always got to miss a dominant wild card team because things got reseeded for the playoffs based on wins. So we would always dismantle our opponents in the divisional round and then play in the championship.

This happens every season that we have both been in the league. Every season.

Now, one of us is going to have to win a wildcard game and then faceoff in the divisional round? This is kind of a bummer.

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Eventually we either need to re-seed or just cut down the division to one or maybe two. One is the easiest to code for. I do think some people will miss the divisional concept so maybe re-seeding is better.

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I don't mind reseeding so that dominant wildcard teams can avoid a one game playoff. You should not get to avoid a one game playoff AND the best team if you limp into the playoffs at 79-83 because your division was trash.

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I like divisions; I would take 3 division winners + 2 WC and just reseed among all 5. So hypothetically 2 division winners could play in the wild card game

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The problem is PC has some really bad teams that make the playoffs. But in real life crappy division winners do get advantages.

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Since we aren't really developing 'rivalries' in these leagues, maybe just putting all 12 teams in a single division is the cleanest answer.

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Dempsey I thought the same thing, but I recall a poll I did a couple years ago and a majority actually enjoyed having divisions, if I recall correctly.

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Two divisions would be better IMO. If you happen to win a 6 team division with a mediocre record then that was just in the cards during that strange season.

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I think the extra wild card keeps teams in a playoff race that they normally might not have the opportunity to be in. I do think that a team going 115-47 and has the best record should match up in the first round with a team in a "trash" division (maybe 81 wins) instead of having to play a wild card winner possibly with 100+ wins. I like the 3 divisions and 2 wild card format for the auto leagues. With the old 3 division winners and 1 wild card, the wild card was not automatically seeded 4th (they could be 2nd or 3rd depending on their record).

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I would prefer to have two divisions of six teams. Having four-team divisions is a little strange and it leads to some very unbalanced divisions.

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I like the 12 team League idea and then you could just have 1-4 and 2-3 play the first round and the winners play for the Ring.

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The reseeding idea I like. The divisions are luck of the draw and I cant tell you how many playoffs I have missed having the 3rd best record in the league and the first 2 were in my division.
I actually like 2 divisions, 6 teams, 4 W.C., WC#1 vs WC#4, and WC#2vs WC#3, the winners join the 2 division winners as a final 4 .,
Might be a little more than 2cents but there ya go,