Which teams would make the 2020 MLB Postseason if the season ended today?
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 weekly update. Before we reveal the 16-playoff teams, 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 I’ve designed. 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.
And now, here are all 16 teams that are eligible for the postseason.
Fortunately, we’ve done all the work for you, and if you’d like to skip reading this, just take a look at our featured image (TOP) for the answers. To determine seeding, we utilized Baseball-Reference to find up-to-date standings for every MLB team.
- Oakland Athletics | 19 – 9 | .679 (+2)
- Minnesota Twins | 18 – 10 | .643| (=)
- Tampa Bay Rays | 18 – 10 | .643 (+1)
- New York Yankees | 16- 9 | .640 (-3)
- Cleveland Indians | 17 – 10 | .630 (=)
- Houston Astros | 15 – 12 | .556 (=)
- Chicago White Sox | 17 – 11 | .607 (+1)
- Toronto Blue Jays | 13 – 12 | .520 (*)
In the hunt: The Orioles, who held the 7-seed last week, did not qualify this week. As it currently stands, they are just 1.0 GB the Blue Jays The O’s will look to regain a playoff seeding when they take on the Jays for four games in Buffalo later this week.
- Los Angeles Dodgers | 21 – 8 | .724 (=)
- Chicago Cubs | 16 – 10 | .615 (=)
- Atlanta Braves | 16 – 11 | .593 (=)
- San Diego Padres | 17 – 12 | .586 (+4)
- Miami Marlins | 11 – 10 | .524 (=)
- St. Louis Cardinals | 8 – 8 | .500 (*)
- Colorado Rockies | 13 – 14 | .481 (-3)
- Arizona Diamondbacks | 13 – 15 | .464 (-1)
In the hunt: In the NL East, the Mets (12-14) one game behind the D-Backs (13-15) in the loss column for the 8-spot. While in the Central, the Milwaukee Brewers have fallen off the playoff hunt and dropped behind the Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds.
(+) Indicates the number of spots a team has moved up in the rankings. (-) Indicates the number of spots a team has moved down in the rankings. (=) Indicates that a team has not moved any spots in the rankings. (*) Indicates a team qualified for the tournament this week, but not last.