Let the lower ranked team decide. If I'm ranked 650, and I get matched up with a guy who is 750, let me choose to play at HOF.
After cracking 700 I was hoping to play some HOF games. Nope. 1st game get matched against a high 600's. Good game, beat me, knocked me back down.
Next game I play a guy ranked in the 700's. He proceeds to foul every thing off, even balls really really out of the zone, and then destroys good pitches outside the zone and on the edges, doesn't matter where I pitch it he's either fouling it off or smashing it, but mostly fouling it off. I did give up a hr and some hits to some hangers and one high pitch that is risky with good hitters but most of the pitches he fouled off and in some cases destroyed were really good pitches.
Now I know AS is kind of a crapshoot, and very pro hitting. But I feel like either of these games I win on HOF. It seems to me that many of these 8-12 pitch at bats would be strikeouts or at least bad contact outs.
So, why not give the under dog the choice to play at the higher level? Can anybody come up with a reason against it?