9/11 might have played a factor that year, as you remember once September 11th happened, baseball play was suspend for a week, so means they were a week later on the games then normal in a season at that time. I don't remember the date that the season was originally scheduled to end. But once the planes hit the building, things in America changed, and even if they had keep playing baseball, as US air[orts was closed and suspended by an order of FCAA, which if you had see United 93, that Ben Sliney had made that order. If they had done a tiebreaker, that would have made each of the games in the playoffs later. As they would have had to play the tiebreaker game. And by doing it this way, it saved them time, as they looked at who had the more wins, and it was Houston Astros. Where if they had when could they have played it, since the season ended later that year then normal.