The postseason turned into a bit of a crap shoot once the league broke into divisions, allowing four teams to make the playoffs. The best regular season team won in seven of those 25 seasons before wild-cards were added in 1995.
‘‘If you’re asking me, even if it’s not us, I always hope that the team that’s had the best year, they end up battling to win the World Series,’’ Bochy said. ‘‘But it’s a great game how we have it set up.’’
AP Sports Writers R.B. Fallstrom and Ronald Blum contributed to this story.