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Dodgers: Andrew Friedman Loves Intensity Of New Playoff Format But Sees Its Flaws

It doesn’t matter how you start, it only matters how you finish. This notion becomes emphasized especially with the new playoff format giving teams more time to figure it out. 

Entering the Wild Card, you got to win two out of three games and one extra team from each league has a chance to compete. The top two teams end up with a bye week and extra rest, but the extra playing time might be all that is needed for teams to find their spark. 

Andrew Friedman spoke of how the intricate play style of the MLB postseason allows teams to catch fire at exactly the right time. That along with a bit of luck may be exactly what a team needs in order to win the World Series (quotes via AM 570 LA Sports).

“So it speaks to when things are happening in a small series that there is more randomness and things that can pop up by definition. And so does that make it skill, luck, lack of effort? You know, there are a lot of different reasons that people can cite but I think it’s pretty clear if you look back over the last 10, 15, 20 years, the best team doesn’t necessarily win the World Series. And it’s part of the frustrating thing of what we do. But it’s also part of the excitement and the exhilaration of these games in the tenseness of them, but this is different than other sports.”

Rather than it seeming like a complaint for the new format, Friedman wants to take it as a challenge and won’t use it as an excuse to a poor end of the season. The Dodgers did everything right during the regular season to ensure the best path to the World Series and weren’t able to execute.

Unlike basketball, in baseball the best team doesn’t usually win according to Friedman. The Dodgers need to step up to the challenge now more than ever unless they want to continue being a disappointment.

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