It could really feel like Main League Baseball’s common season has simply begun, however the 60-game common season is now lower than three weeks away from completion. The marketing campaign will finish on Sept. 27, with the expanded postseason scheduled to start days later, on Sept. 29. You will discover the most recent playoff image right here.

As a result of the postseason by no means appeared assured to occur, given the continuing pandemic and whatnot, abstaining from studying the complexities of the altered playoff construction was a defensible place. Now, although, with the event arriving in a matter of weeks, now could be the time to stand up to hurry with what a reimagined and bloated October will entail.

With that in thoughts, we have put collectively the primer under, which we hope will likely be a helpful useful resource.

Who makes the postseason?

In a typical season with a 10-team playoff format, the three division winners would earn byes into the Divisional Spherical, with the 2 wild card groups dealing with one another in a single-game playoff. The Wild Card Sport winner would then advance to play a best-of-five collection in opposition to the league’s high seed, and so forth.

That will not be the case this October. Fairly, eight groups in every league, greater than half of the majors, will make the playoffs, with the primary spherical being known as the “Wild Card spherical.” These eight comprise the division winners (who would be the high three seeds no matter their information), the second-place groups in every division, after which the 2 groups with the very best information past these six golf equipment, regardless of their divisional alignment or their place inside these divisions.

What’s the Wild Card spherical?

Based mostly on the Wild Card Sport, you may suppose the Wild Card spherical employs a single-game format. It would not, however it’s a departure from the approaches used within the subsequent rounds. The Wild Card spherical will characteristic eight best-of-three collection: No. 1 vs. No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, No. 3 vs. No. 6, and No. 4 vs. No. 5. The upper seed will host the entire video games on this spherical. 

The Wild Card spherical winners will then embark on what quantities to the normal postseason. There will likely be a best-of-five divisional collection, a best-of-seven championship collection, after which, clearly, a best-of-seven World Sequence. The groups — as of now — are set to separate internet hosting duties in these collection.

Will the postseason be performed in a bubble?

Whereas the tentative plan requires groups to separate internet hosting duties in these subsequent rounds, it is potential that the entire video games in a collection will likely be performed in a single bodily location. 

MLB has not but introduced if and/or how a lot of the postseason will likely be performed in a bubble, or in numerous bubbles, but it surely looks like the logical strategy. COVID-19 stays uncontrolled throughout the US, and the league could be dealing with a logistical nightmare if a collection needed to be postponed for a number of days (at minimal) due to a constructive take a look at in a touring social gathering.

Sadly, there are nonetheless sensible points at play with a bubble. MLB has not allowed itself a lot time between the top of the common season and the start of the playoffs, and a correct implementation of a bubble setting would come with an consumption course of that quarantines people to guard in opposition to a potential outbreak. MLB may try to scrimp on that half, but when it does then it’s going to threat curating a false sense of safety and safety.

The opposite sensible subject is determining the place to host the bubble. League insiders have confirmed to CBS Sports activities that Arlington, Texas is predicted to be in play. It would not be a shock to see MLB use Houston, Texas and among the California stadiums as properly. (Mockingly, the expanded postseason makes a bubble tougher to drag off due to the sheer numbers.)

No tiebreakers?

Once more, MLB has given itself solely a day between the top of the common season and the beginning of the playoffs. In consequence, the league won’t have tiebreaker video games. All ties will likely be determined mathematically, primarily based on both head-to-head document, intradivisional document, and so forth. If want be, MLB would finally resort to groups’ divisional information of their final 20-plus video games.

When is the World Sequence?

Sport 1 of the 2020 World Sequence is scheduled to occur on Oct. 23. Sport 7, if one is important, would happen on Oct. 31, or Halloween. 

Is that this going to be the brand new actuality?

Actually not the entire above will stay in place heading ahead. It would not be too shocking to see the homeowners push to maintain the expanded postseason, if solely due to the extra income it might generate on the gates and thru broadcast offers. The opposite elements, particularly the tiebreaker angle, appear extra prone to revert as soon as the pandemic is managed.

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