MLB’s expanded playoffs, defined: The whole lot to know concerning the 2020 bracket, format & extra

We’re quickly approaching the arrival of the 2020 MLB playoffs.

And like every little thing else on this weird calendar yr, the MLB playoffs might be totally different in 2020. How a lot totally different? Let’s put it this fashion: The primary yr Babe Ruth’s Yankees gained the World Sequence (1923), there have been solely 16 MLB groups, whole. In 2020, 16 MLB groups will make the postseason. 

So, yeah. It’s a giant rattling occasion and just about everybody’s on the visitor listing. So it’ll be totally different, but it surely guarantees to be as thrilling as ever. 

Right here’s what you must know.

When do the 2020 MLB playoffs begin?

The ultimate day of the common season is Sept. 27, with all video games set to start at Three p.m. ET. It’s the sixth yr in a row all groups will play their closing recreation on the closing begin time. 

The opening recreation of the postseason is Sept. 29. The opening-round best-of-three collection are set to finish Oct. 2. MLB hasn’t formally introduced the beginning dates for remaining rounds however that’s anticipated quickly.

What number of groups make the 2020 MLB playoffs? 

An unprecedented 16 groups — eight in every league — will make the 2020 MLB playoffs. Sure, that’s of 30 whole groups, so greater than half of the squads attain October. Beneath the earlier set-up — and the setup once more in 2021 and past (no less than, that’s the plan) — solely 10 groups made the postseason. 

The playoff groups in every league might be … 

Three division winnersThree division runners-upTwo wild-card groups (remaining two groups with the most effective data)

How will the MLB playoff bracket work? 

It’s the identical in each leagues, clearly. Dwelling group is the upper seed within the first three rounds; World Sequence home-field benefit goes to the group with the most effective regular-season file. If the playoffs are performed in neutral-site areas — no official phrase, however that’s rumored to be a risk — the upper seed bats final. 

For the Wild-Card Sequence (best-of-three, all performed in increased seed’s park)

No. 1 vs. No. Eight No. 2 vs. No. 7No. Three vs. No. 6No. Four vs. No. 5

Key level: There aren’t any playoff byes in 2020, for any group.

For the Division Sequence (finest of 5, 2-2-1 format)

Winner of 1-Eight vs. Winner of Four-5Winner of 2-7 vs. Winner of Three-6

Key level: The playoffs aren’t reset for this spherical, which means the best remaining seed doesn’t get to play the bottom remaining seed. For instance, let’s say the No. 7 seed beats the No. 2 seed within the Wild-Card Sequence. Beneath this setup, the No. 1 seed (assuming it advances) nonetheless has to play the winner of the collection between the Nos. Four and 5 seeds, not the No. 7 seed. It’s fully potential the No. 1 seed may face the best remaining seed, in actual fact, if the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds advance by way of the primary spherical.   

For the League Championship Sequence (better of seven, 2-Three-2 format)

The one two groups remaining within the league face off.

For the World Sequence (better of seven, 2-Three-2)

How are the playoff groups seeded?

Brace yourselves for controversies, people. Groups and fan bases usually are not going to love their first-round matchups. That’s just about a assure. As a substitute of seeding groups based mostly purely on data, seeding is primarily depending on how a group finishes in its division. 

The primary three seeds (1-Three) in every league will go to division winners, ordered by file. The second trio of seeds (Four-6) go to the second-place finishers in every division, ordered by file. The ultimate two seeds (7-Eight) go to the 2 wild-card groups.

Right here’s a snapshot of why that would/might be an issue. Heading into play on Sept. 9, the Twins had been 9 video games over .500 (27-18, .600) however in third place within the AL Central. The Astros had been one recreation over .500 (22-21, .512) however in second place in a weaker division, the AL West. The best way the seeding is ready up, the Astros (division runner-up) would get the No. 6 seed and the Twins (wild card) can be the No. 7 seed, regardless of that the Twins are 4 video games forward of the Astros within the general AL standings.

What are the seeding tiebreakers?

There might be no tiebreaker video games of any type. First tie-breaker is head-to-head file. Subsequent up: intradivision file. Then: file in closing 20 video games. If nonetheless tied: file in closing 21 video games, then closing 22 video games, then closing 23 video games and so forth and so forth till there’s a winner.

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