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REVISING HISTORY
JOE SHEEHAN
November 28, 2011
If the new playoff system had been in place the last few years, there'd be less angst in Boston and Atlanta this winter. The new CBA adds a fifth playoff team in each league: two wild-card clubs will meet in a one-game playoff, winner advancing to the Division Series. Here's what those wild-card matchups would have looked like in the last three seasons. The Red Sox and the Braves wouldn't be chokers now—they'd be postseason perennials.
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November 28, 2011

Revising History

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YEAR AL NL
2011 RED SOX vs. RAYS BRAVES vs. CARDINALS
2010 RED SOX vs. YANKEES PADRES vs. BRAVES
2009 RANGERS vs. RED SOX GIANTS vs. ROCKIES
2008 YANKEES vs. RED SOX METS vs. BREWERS

If the new playoff system had been in place the last few years, there'd be less angst in Boston and Atlanta this winter. The new CBA adds a fifth playoff team in each league: two wild-card clubs will meet in a one-game playoff, winner advancing to the Division Series. Here's what those wild-card matchups would have looked like in the last three seasons. The Red Sox and the Braves wouldn't be chokers now—they'd be postseason perennials.

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