Want a good laugh? Check out the Phillies blog, where the author tries to say Philadelphia is still the best team in baseball, despite losing in their most important series of the season. Hogwash, and delusional. Phillies were arguably the best in MLB during the regular season, so they can join the 2001 Seattle Mariners and the NFL's 2007 New England Patriots with that "honor".
Over on the Good Phight, Philly fans are complaining about the "long odds" and "randomness" of the playoffs.
Well, that's what every team in any sport signs up for. True champions earn the playoffs, and then finish the job in the playoffs, and that's precisely why it's so difficult. By definition, the playoffs must have a small sample size, we can't be playing postseason games in December! We don't want to get caught up in the numbers and statistics, so if a team has a great record and leads in other categories, nothing should be given to them by acclimation. We can't load data in a computer after the regular season and give out championships that way.
The beauty of the playoffs in sports is the team which earns a spot, but considered the underdog, and plays the role of Cinderella. So these teams must win a series of games, often on the road, to win the world championship. It's the responsibility of the favored teams, like the 2011 Phillies to stop them. Philadelphia had a lead in their series, and their ace on the mound in Game 5, and still blew it. Tough.
Looking back since the expanded playoffs began, there has been more unpredictability, and the system could have been tweaked. No doubt, the regular season is important, but at the end of the day, real champions find a way to win. Let's not forget, baseball's postseason has always had upsets, just ask the 1960 Bucs and 1969 Mets.