Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Ken Rosenthal  |  Last updated 9/22/13
The Cleveland Indians' road to October is all but free of impediment, a parade of cupcake opponents that Terry Francona's boys are eagerly devouring as the season draws to a close. Give the Indians credit - they're beating the teams in front of them. But make no mistake: The American League wild-card race isn't close to fair, not when the unbalanced schedule puts AL East contenders at a disadvantage. The move of the Houston Astros from the NL Central to the AL West last season created six five-team divisions, reducing inequity in the division races; all clubs now play roughly the same opponents as their division rivals. The wild card races, though, remain full of inequity, with teams from different divisions competing for the same prize while playing significantly different schedules. It's not a problem this season in the NL, where the wild-card race exists almost entirely in the Central. And frankly, baseball doesn't seem to view it as a problem at all - commissioner Bud Selig ...
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