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MLB’s Flawed 2 – 3 – 2 Format Exposed Again In 2015 World Series

The Royals had home field in the 2015 World Series, yet played 1 less game at their park than the Mets, who they defeated in 5 games. Since the ALL - Star Game deciding which League would host more games, the winning team has actually had their park be the home venue for 2 less dates than the loser. There is a culprit in this fiasco, and that is the 2 - 3 - 2 format. I am proposing a 3 - 3 - 1 format or 2 - 4 - 1 change to the Fall Classic, Because of travel they would never do the 2-2-2-1 format ever again. ALEX TRAUTWIG/GETTY IMAGES

The Royals had home field advantage in the 2015 World Series, yet played 1 less game at their park than the Mets, who they defeated in 5 games. Since the ALL – Star Game deciding which League would host more games, the winning team has actually had their park be the home venue for 2 less dates than the loser. There is a culprit in this fiasco, and that is the 2 – 3 – 2 format. I am proposing a 3 – 3 – 1 format or 2 – 4 – 1 change to the Fall Classic, Because of travel they would never do the 2-2-2-1 format ever again. ALEX TRAUTWIG/GETTY IMAGES

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Now while the team winning the ALL – Star Game is 8 – 4 overall in the World Series itself, only 2 teams have actually had to use Game #7 for home field advantage.  That was the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals and the 2014 World Series – where the visiting Giants took down the Royals.

There have been 4 Sweeps, 3 series ended in 5 games, 3 series in 6 games, and only two series in 7 games.

In 2003, the Yankees had the best record and they both played 3 games in each others field.

In 2004, Each club played 2 games each in their home park.

In 2005, Each club played 2 games each in their home park.

In 2006, Detroit had home advantage – but were split by the Cards in Detroit, before St. Louis swept them in The Show Me State!

The Cardinals in 2011 were the only team that has won a home Game 7 since the ALL - Star Game decided who had the advantage. There is a higher chance the series will wrap up in 4,5 or 6 games.

The Cardinals in 2011 were the only team that has won a home Game 7 since the ALL – Star Game decided who had the advantage. There is a higher chance the series will wrap up in 4,5 or 6 games.

In 2007, Boston and Colorado hosted 2 games each.

In 2008, Philadelphia split in Tampa Bay, before sweeping once they arrived back at CBP.

In 2009, both teams hosted 3 games each – and the Yankees Won.

In 2010, San Francisco won the 1st 2 games at AT & T Park – before taking the next 2 of 3 in Texas.

In 2011, the Cards used the home field advantage to take down the Texas Rangers.

This would be the only Series in which the home field advantage was completely used and advantageous for the winner

The Cards won Games #6 and #7 in St. Louis.  The question I have is: Would they have been in this position if the Series were different from a 2 – 3 – 2 system?

In 2012, the Giants swept Detroit and both cities hosted 2 games.

In 2013, the Red Sox won the Fall Classic at Fenway Park, but what if they had wrapped it up in 5 contests instead of 6?

In 2014, the Giants bested the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series.  It was only the second time the the League winning the ALL – Star Game has needed the advantage.  Unlike in 2014 though, the Royals lost to the road San Fran club

In 2015, the Royals turned the favor on the NL by defeating the Mets, but once again the team with home field advantage played one less game than the club whose league lost the ALL – Star Game.

So far the 12 winning teams of the ALL – Star Game have hosted just 33 Games, and the losers have hosted 35.

The Winner of The ALL – Star game record is 8 – 4 for the World Series – but only two of the Series went to 7.

10 out of the 12 years, the team with the best Record in the World Series, had their League also win the ALL – Star Game.

The only two instances were the 2004 Boston Red Sox had a worse record than the Cards, but were helped by an AL ALL – Star win.

In 2011, the Rangers had a better record than the Cards, but the NL won the ALL – Star Game.

Their is only a 20% chance that the series will go 7 Games anyway, which means that this game should only matter once every 5 years.

The real thing I learned out of this study, is that the home advantage team netted a 41 – 27 record in the World Series games.

In fact, chances are the series will have the winning 2016 ALL – Star team play less home games than the losing team – and how exactly should that please the eventual league pennant winner?

For those fans thinking that Interleague should decide the home field advantage, the AL has won 12 straight years for the series.

How about a noble concept of the team who has the best record for the year hosting the advantage – and get rid of the 2 – 3 – 2 format and adopt the 3 – 3 – 1  or even better with a 2 – 4 – 1 concept.

If you really think about, having 3 game series in each city to kick off a series completely resembles the regular season.

This way if a club that wins the ALL – Star game for an advantage will see it come to fruition, hosts more games if the series goes 4, 5 or 7 games.

I may even like the 2 – 4 – 1 format better, as the home field advantage club can try to split the 1st series and then take 3 out of 4 at their park.  If you look at the World Series games list, 10 out of the 12 series have ended in Games 4,5 or 6. 

Maybe you should go back to the drawing board again on this one again?

The 2 - 3 - 2 format in the World Series is extremely stupid in my view. While the ALL - Star winning team has gone 31 - 19 during the last 50 World Series Games, they have had to play 26 games on the road - versus just 24 at home. Even with shared ticket revenues for the Series among teams, why should the team with Homefield Advantage be penalized for winning a Series in 5 games - by only playing 2 of them at home!

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