The post season is filling up almost nightly, which is good, because the 2022 regular season ends one week from tonight (Wednesday, October 5th). The Cardinals and Yankees clinched their divisions last night. The Dodgers cemented the NL West 16 days ago and home field advantage Sunday. The Mets clinched a playoff berth September 19th, the Braves the following evening, the 20th. New York leads the NL East by one game over the defending champs. They open a three game series at Truist Park Saturday. The incentive for winning the division is substantial: bypassing a tough best of 3 Wild Card series against a trio of probables consisting of San Diego, Philly or Milwaukee. Yeah. No. Straight into the Division Series, while potentially avoiding a powerful Dodgers squad until the NLCS. But…dominating the regular season has proven to be no guarantee of mo’ betta’ rings. The 2006 Cardinals had no business winning the franchise’s 10th World Series after capturing their division with an 83-78 record. The MV3 2004 Cardinals finished 105-57, battered opponents with three career, MVP-worthy seasons from Pujols, Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen, but got swept by the destiny bound Red Sox in the Fall Classic. Everybody’s record resets at 0-0 when the playoffs start. And the team that wastes the most champagne after the last game is usually the one that pitches the best while making the fewest mistakes.