Impact of the two Wild Card rule
September, 6, 2013
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN.com
First, a brief reminder: Under the new "two Wild Card" rule implemented in Major League Baseball last season, two Wild Card teams in each league face each other in a one-game playoff, with the winner advancing to meet the top seed in the Division Series. The system is designed to reward division winners, and came a year after St. Louis became the fourth Wild Card ever to run the table and win a World Series (joining the 1997 Marlins, 2002 Angels and 2004 Red Sox).
Whether you love it or hate it, it's hard to deny that it's heightened the drama heading into the final three weeks of the regular season.