Major League Baseball and the Players Association agreed to an expanded playoff format for the 2012 season.
The three division winners in each league will await the survivor of a one-game playoff between the Wild Card teams in each league, establishing the Division Series field of four teams in each league. The subsequent Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series formats will remain the same.
For the 2012 postseason only, the five-game Division Series will begin with two home games for lower seeds, followed by up to three home games for higher seeds. This one-year change will eliminate a travel day prior to a decisive Game 5 of a Division Series and was necessary because the 2012 regular-season schedule was announced before the agreement on the new postseason was reached
I like the idea that winning the division means more and gives an advantage to that division winner. It’s unfortunate that the current interleague schedule is not the same for all teams within a division. Hopefully the move to six 5-team divisions and interleague play throughout the year will correct that next year.