The extra berth could mean an extended life for the Angels this season, though it also means there are more teams vying for a spot in the playoffs.
"I think any time you put more teams in the running, it becomes a little bit more difficult," catcher Chris Iannetta said. "It's very tough to overtake more than one team. If you're looking to overtake one team and you play them a few times, the path is a little bit more manageable. When there are a lot of teams in front of you, it's a little tougher. So it definitely makes it more interesting when there's a lot of teams involved."
Manager Mike Scioscia had his own take on how the changes are playing out.
"I don't know if I would use the word interesting," Scioscia said. "There's definitely an extra life line that could give a team at least an opportunity to play their way into the playoffs. I think what we're seeing is what we expected: a whole new division that opens up the last month of the season. I don't know if it's good or bad that we're in that division, because you'd certainly like to be leading your own division as opposed to trying to get your way into have an opportunity to win and make the playoffs. But we are where we are. You're still in the hunt."
And what of the new one-game playoff between the two Wild Card winners?
"Coming down to one game is better than staying at home," Scioscia said.