When the brand new MLB playoff guidelines kicked in final season, most baseball purists weren’t in favor of the addition of two extra groups making the postseason.
10 groups getting in was already a travesty. As lately as 2011, solely eight groups made it. And it was simply 30 years in the past that the quantity was as few as 4. So for it to be 12 now, tripling the variety of playoff groups since 1993, that was seen as a bridge too far.
However that is the world we dwell. And within the system’s first season of existence in 2022, that sixth spot was up for grabs within the Nationwide League proper till the ultimate day of the common season, when the Milwaukee Brewers had their hopes dashed, shedding Sport 162 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
A win would’ve pressured a one-game play-in recreation in opposition to the Philadelphia Phillies, who would finally upset three straight groups on their option to the World Collection, the place they finally misplaced to the Houston Astros in six video games.