In the new "2-3" Division Series format—two games at the lower seed's home ballpark, then three at the higher seed's park—the team with home-field advantage, the high seed, won't enjoy that advantage unless the series lasts the maximum five games. In fact, in a sweep, the home-field advantage (which admittedly isn't worth all that much) will reside with the lower-seeded team.
Before this season, the Division Series was "2-2-1," with the high seed playing Games 1, 2, and 5 at home. The new format was adopted to eliminate an off day.
Anyway, in order to keep off days to a minimum, and to ensure that the team with home-field advantage actually plays more games at home, I propose a "4-1" format. The first four games would be played at the top seed's park, and if they can't dispense with their lower-ranked opponent by then, Game 5 will be contested on the underdog's field.
What do you think? Vote in the poll below!
What's the best format for the Division Series?
2-2-1: The higher seed plays Games 1, 2 & 5 at home. (63 votes)
2-3: The high seed gets Games 3, 4, & 5. (current) (8 votes)
4-1: The high seed gets Games 1 through 4. (24 votes)
1-4: The high seed gets Games 2 through 5. (26 votes)
All five games should be played at the higher-seed's park. (8 votes)
129 total votes