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"That shift ramped up the intensity of the playoffs. The postseason, which should build slowly to the World Series, became a grind from the start. We saw Division Series games routinely running far past three hours, with tactics once reserved for big spots, like starters coming out of the bullpen, now appearing in October’s first days. As baseball’s gameplay changed, the effects were felt in the playoffs. The absence of lesser starting pitchers in October once made the games run cleaner; now, with even the best starting pitchers held to 100 pitches, kept from facing their opponents a third time -- the win-maximizing decision, to be sure -- even Division Series games became a grind. There was no longer a buildup, just one high note held for five weeks. I’d imagine that works for fans of the team that wins, and even for many neutrals who love baseball. I think all it really does is teach people to check in halfway through the semis to see how it all ends."