The first round of the playoffs is over and baseball's best teams during the regular season -- the Cubs in the National League and Angels in the American League -- have been sent home for the winter.
The Cubs were lethargic from the start of the postseason while the Angels were involved in a terrific series against Boston before being eliminated, but both teams put themselves in an immediate hole by losing their first two games at home.
There has been some debate on various baseball programs as to whether a five-game series is too short for the first round or if the wild-card winner is not being given a difficult enough task after not winning its division. Angels Manager Mike Scioscia has even suggested that if the first round continues to be limited to five games, then it would be more fair if the wild card hosted the first game while the next four were played at the division winner.
I don't know if I buy that idea, but I'm willing to listen to others.Your thoughts?
October 7, 2008; 12:38 AM ET
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