The reason for the elongated [AL/NLCS] schedule is the recent change in the start of the World Series. From 1985 through 2006, the World Series was scheduled to start on a Saturday. Then baseball and the networks concluded that Saturday was a dead night for ratings. They built a few extra days into the schedule, which pushed Game 1 to a Wednesday.
What kinda bullshit is this? If the World Series can't attract viewers on a Saturday night then the day of the week is the least of their problems. Meanwhile, the post-season takes forever and ends in early November. (So much for the "October Classic".) It's bad enough contending with Wild Cards, and 2 playoff series before the WS,
but now we have all these extra and unnecessary off-days in order
to cater to TV network interests. You're a champ, Bud Selig.