Which teams would make the 2020 MLB Postseason if the season ended today?
If you’re not quite sure how teams are seeded for the 2020 MLB postseason, we’ve done all the work for you. For a full explanation, scroll down to the 2nd half of this piece.
Now, To determine seeding, we have decided to switch to ESPN since Baseball-Reference isn’t updated prior to our daily updates. As a tiebreaker, we have shifted from using run differential to intradivisional record in order to reflect MLB better.
- Chicago White Sox | 31 – 16 | .660
- Tampa Bay Rays | 30 – 17 | .638
- Oakland Athletics | 30 – 18 | .625
- Minnesota Twins | 30 – 19 | .612
- Toronto Blue Jays | 26 – 20 | .565
- Houston Astros | 23 – 24 | .489
- New York Yankees | 26 – 21 | .553
- Cleveland Indians | 26 – 21 | .553
The White Sox continued to solidify their standing as the top dog in the AL yesterday by defeating the Twins 3-1. Though they didn’t play Monday, we decided to swap the Yankees and Indians because the Yankees have a better intradivisional record. Speaking of the Yankees, they begin a 3-game set against the Blue Jays today
- Los Angeles Dodgers | 33 – 15 | .688
- Chicago Cubs | 28 -20 | .583
- Atlanta Braves | 28 – 20 | .583
- San Diego Padres | 32 – 17 | .653
- Miami Marlins | 24 – 21 | .533
- St. Louis Cardinals | 21 – 21 | .500
- Philadelphia Phillies | 23 – 23 | .500
- San Francisco Giants | 23 – 24 | .489
The biggest story in the NL remains the Dodgers and Padres. Entering last night’s game, the Pads were 2.5 GB the Dodgers and kicking off a 3-game set. By winning, the Pads have cut that lead down to 1.5 games. A win today and tomorrow would crown the Padres the Kings of the NL.
So, how is seeding for the 2020 MLB Playoff bracket determined?
As you already know, this year the 2020 MLB Postseason will be expanded. So in an effort to give fans a better idea of their team’s playoff standing, we have created a daily update. To better understand, let’s take a look at what the expanded tournament will look like.
The first and most obvious question is, by how many teams will the MLB Postseason be expanded by? The answer to that question is 16 total teams: 8 teams from each league (AL and NL).
The way seeding in each league will be determined is as follows:
- The 1-3 seeds will be awarded to the three division winners based on record
- The 4-6 seeds will be awarded to the three 2nd place finishers in each division based on record
- The 7-8 seeds will be awarded to the two 3rd place finishers with the best record
Then, just like in any bracket tournament, the 1-seed faces the 8-seed, the 2-seed faces the 7-seed, etc. Here’s a neat infographic. Feel free to download and share!
In this current expanded format, the Division Series (best-of-5), Championship Series (best-of-7), and World Series (best-of-7) would all remain the same. The difference is that all 8-postseason eligible teams would play a best-of-3 round before the Division Series.