It’s going to work.
Major League Baseball is going to keep the 16-team postseason that emanated from the pandemic shutdown, and you’re going to like it.
Don’t believe me? Then tell me you watched the Mets’ insane, 10-6 victory over the Phillies Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park and didn’t get roped in by the intensity, the drama, the strategy — over a team that leapt from 12th place to 11th place in the National League.
“That’s big time for us,” said Seth Lugo, whose terrible start (six runs in 1 ²/₃ innings) made his teammates’ offensive heroics necessary. “That’s great.”
“We’re getting down to the nitty gritty, so every win is important. Every game is important. Every pitch is important,” said Brandon Nimmo, who delivered the game-winning, ninth-inning homer off Brandon Workman and totaled three RBIs. “That makes this kind of baseball really fun.”
No doubt, this contest was so much fun that you put up with the 4 hours and 12 minutes it required to finish it. It was September baseball at its near-finest, two exhausted clubs going at it and seeing who could stay up longer.