Got a piece coming in a few minutes on the C.J. Nitkowski kerfuffle — though I don’t use the word “kerfuffle” in the story.
Of course, you can cherry-pick the numbers all you want. But the point here is that this year, I think home-field advantage might play a massive role in the baseball playoffs. That’s because this year — perhaps more than any year in recent times — teams are built for their ballparks.
Start in the American League, where Toronto and Kansas City are going to the wire for the league’s best record and home-field advantage. There’s no telling if the Royals and Blue Jays will actually meet in the American League Championship Series. But if they do, the most important factor could be where Game 1 is played.