I've maintained that this double advantage applies only in the unlikely case that the finals goes the maximum seven games, figuring that before that the games are spit evenly. However, I just read an article that suggests that starting at home with the rule advantage is an advantage itself and that it gives the home team a big advantage for the series even if it goes fewer than seven games.
2014 MLB All-Star Game has more meaning than you would think for playoff aspirants
By Thomas Boswell July 16, 2014 Washington Post
... the past five years, the team with home field also won the title...
In those five World Series, three were closed out on a home field in a Game 6 or Game 7. And in the other two series, the winner took a two-games-to-none lead at home and won the title with a one-sided stomping. Ambush ’em at your home yard to start or else close out before your howlin’ mob...
the all-star winners holding an 8-3 World Series advantage so far ...
What wasn’t cool was Wainwright’s in-game interview with pool reporters when he said he had deliberately grooved two pitches to Jeter — his first and third pitches — to help him get a hit.
|Adam Wainwright September 14, 2013|
via Wikimedia Commons
What if Verlander grooved one for Jeter as McLain did for Mantle? Sunday, April 20, 2014
Suppose ... Justin Verlander, former Cy Young award winner, is about to face the Yankees iconic captain Derek Jeter in what everyone assumes will his final time at bat. Verlander calls his catcher out to the mound and tells him that he is going to groove a pitch, throw a real meatball, and let Jeter get a hit, hopefully a home run...
on Sept. 19, 1968 ... Denny McLain indicated to Mickey Mantle and delivered a meatball intended for The Mick to hit out in what was understood to be his final plate appearance in Detroit...
Allan Huber "Bud" Selig, commissioner of the Major Baseball League (MBL) and zealous protector of what is righteous, might be faced with a real dilemma.
If you're not playing to win, then don't keep score. I associate that with 1960 Cy Young award winner Vern Law. It always made sense to me. Pulling players just to get other players into the All Star game is bad enough but grooving pitches is unacceptable. Even a dullard like Selig should understand that.