So they ended up implementing it for this year. It really changes the landscape of the play-offs in my opinion by simplifying a 162 game body of work into 9 regulation innings.
There is a lot of strategy here in terms of positioning pitchers for the play-offs. It is possible that the two wild card teams are well ahead of the pack and have the chance to optimize pitching. That situation is simple and benefits the division winners significantly.
A more likely scenario is that an unlikely pitcher (not the ace of the rotation) ends up in this play-off game. While this benefits a team with the pitching depth of the Braves, it seems really silly to me that such factors decide your postseason future.
Anyway, there is a lot to discuss here, and we will be seeing a very strange occurrence in 7 months when 9 innings decides everything, without context or larger series. Thoughts?