Most teams have 10 games in the books for the second half of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, and the 2012 MLB Playoff Race is starting to shape up as another exciting race for Division titles and Wild Card spots (which have now doubled to two in each league). While there are still two full months remaining until the ten playoff teams are finalized, one thing has been determined: the Senior Circuit will have the upper hand and host four of the seven 2012 World Series games if the full slate of games is necessary.
National League's Kansas City Shuffle
The 2012 All Star Game in Kansas City's Kaufmann Stadium saw the National League jump all over reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander in the first inning. They staked a lead that was never challenged and made "This One Count" for the third year in a row. If the 2012 World Series goes to a deciding Game 7 once again, the National League representative can thank All Stars like Melky Cabrera & Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers for giving them home field advantage.
2012 MLB Wild Card Playoff Changes
The 2012 Major League Baseball season will be the first time that ten teams officially earn a place in the MLB playoffs. The Wild Card slots have been doubled: now four teams (two in each league) will enter the postseason without winning their respective divisions. While some purists are not happy to have the playoff pool "diluted" with the extra teams, the Wild Card matchup will be anything but bland for the teams involved. The two Wild Card teams in each league will face each other in a one game "winner take all" to qualify for the best of five Divisional Round.
MLB Playoff Ticket Prices
As the 2012 baseball season playoff race approaches, the market for Major League Playoff Tickets will be a very unique one. The Wild Card as we have known it has created additional playoff excitement that wasn't always present during the four-teams-total playoff era, and this added element of yet another playoff spot will likely keep many teams in the 2012 MLB postseason mix right down to the wire.
Every team still has over 60 games to make their move - both in the standings and on the roster, with a July 31 trade deadline quickly approaching - so no team is safe at home quite yet. Eight American League teams are within four games of the wild card spots, and six National League teams are within five games. Combine those numbers with the current division leaders, and that means 20 of 30 MLB baseball teams are less than a one-week run away from a playoff spot. Things are heating up, and even MLB regular season ticket prices are sure to fluctuate with the playoff race.
World Series 2012 Tickets
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