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The Evil Empires, and Tampa and Texas, Get Richer

Once the playoffs begin, the numbers suggest the wealth will rise even farther toward the top, rather than trickling down. Under the old system, wild-card teams had about a 9% chance of winning the World Series. Now, adding in a one-game playoff, their chances shrink to about 4.6% for a world title. Division winners, meanwhile, have a 13.6% chance of becoming world champs, about the same as their chances under the old system. The difference now though, is winning a division title means having a chance to win the World Series that is 300% better than a wild card's. Under the old format, a division winner's chances of winning the World Series were only about 44% better than a wild card's. White Sox' chances at the playoffs leap from 8% to 9%.
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