Tom Verducci recently addressed several “myths” (his word) regarding postseason baseball. They are:
- The team with the better record is the favorite.
- The “hot” teams — the ones that play well down the stretch — are the ones to fear in the postseason.
- The team that won the season series has the edge over its opponent.
- It’s important to earn home field advantage.
Assuming these are true, it’s hard not to conclude that the postseason is a coin toss. Brad, Brian, the pitch is to you. Is Verducci right? Do I misunderstand? Note: “Tom Verducci is an idiot” is an acceptable answer, but only if his idiocy is quantified in units of Stewart Mandel. Post-honeymoon John can clarify if this is unclear.