It will be wild
New playoff format makes the most unpredictable stretch run in recent history
MLB'S NEW PLAYOFF FORMAT, featuring two do-or-die games for four wild-card teams, has made this the most unpredictable stretch run in recent memory. Here are nine things to know as an astounding 12 wildcard contenders head into the storm.
SOME ODD GUYS PITCH WELL LATESuch as Bronson Arroyo of the Reds. The 35-year-old starter, with a 4.26 career ERA through Aug. 14, becomesa monster as the season winds down. His 24 wins and 3.55 ERA in September are his personal best for any month. (He is also durable, with six straight 200-inning seasons, from 2005 to 2010.) His career .676 winning percentage in September/October trails only the Giants' Brad Penny (.688) among healthy NL contenders. The MLB leader is the Rangers' Roy Oswalt. Yes, that Oswalt. He may have wilted in the
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