The advantage of two additional playoff spots is two-fold for baseball and its fans.
1.) There’s exciting potential to make September baseball more meaningful for more teams.
2.) Teams with playoff worthy records won’t be slighted due to divisional circumstances.
Unforeseen pros & cons are certain to arise, but I applaud MLB for coming to its decision quickly and thoughtfully.
It’s a breath of fresh air for an industry historically slow with its decision making, even when changing the game for the better, and especially considering forward-thinking ideas– instant replay being a prime example.
As for the Cubs…yes, in theory a second Wild Card helps Chicago’s chances at reaching the postseason. Realistically, however, not so much. At least not now with the Cubs appearing far from “playoff worthy.”
That said, with the threesome of Ricketts, Theo & Jed focused on building the franchise into consistent winners vs. a win-now mentality, the Cubs should, with time, find the second Wild Card a comforting plan-B to winning the Central division.