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Playing Catchup

As the Sox start swinging bats later today against the college kids, it's time to play a little catch up. A lot has happened this off season, and a lot remains unanswered as we enter spring training. Let's try to cover a lot of ground here and now, and then delve deeper later.
Playoff Format - I love the new playoff format. I didn't write it down then but I can say with a straight face that this is exactly the format I wanted (the extra wild card with a one game playoff, not the home-away format issue). This will re-energize divisional races because it will matter so much more to teams that they win their division outright. That's the way it was for almost a century and it's the way it is supposed to be. It has been too easy for wild card "winners" - including the Sox - to glide into the playoffs and start the postseason on basically even footing with teams that bested them in the regular season. The new format will force teams to try harder to win…