Found October 24, 2012 on Fox Sports:
The new playoff format was supposed to prevent this. Remember what so many of us said? Because of the new wild-card game, the top seeds in each league would face a weakened opponent in the first round and thus enjoy an easier route to the World Series. In Year 1, the Fall Classic will feature a pair of No. 3 seeds, Detroit and San Francisco. To put it another way, the Tigers and Giants had the lowest win totals among the division champions in each league. Oops. If the brackets had held, we would be at Nationals Park right now, anticipating the first Washington-New York World Series since 1933. Instead, the Orioles (as the No. 2 wild card) bloodied the Yankees in a division series that included 12- and 13-inning games, leaving New York vulnerable to Detroit's sweep in the ALCS. The Nationals -- with the best record in baseball -- didn't survive a five-game encounter with St. Louis, the other No. 2 wild card. That noise you hear in the distance is laughter from the baseb...
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