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IF THE 2020 MLB POSTSEASON STARTED TODAY… WEEK OF 9/7 (UPDATED DAILY)

If the 2020 MLB Postseason Started on 9/7

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 publishing. As a tiebreaker, we utilize run differential (Rdiff).

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(Updated: 9/13/2020)

American League

  1. Tampa Bay Rays | 30 – 16 | .652 (+1)
  2. Chicago White Sox | 29 – 16 | .644 (+1)
  3. Oakland Athletics | 29 – 16 | .644 (-2)
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  4. Minnesota Twins | 29 – 18 | .619 (=)
  5. Toronto Blue Jays | 25 – 20 | .556 (=)
  6. Houston Astros | 23 – 23 | .500 (=)
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  7. Cleveland Indians | 26 – 20 | .565 (=)
  8. New York Yankees | 25 – 21 | .543 (=)

The only movement in the AL occurred in the top three seeds. The A’s had a terrible Saturday, dropping from the 1-seed to the 3-seed while losing their best player in Matt Chapman to a hip injury. Once race to look closely at is between Toronto and New York, where 0.5 games separate the two. There are SEVEN games left between both organizations.

National League

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers | 32 – 14 | .696 (=)
  2. Atlanta Braves | 27 -19 | .587 (=)
  3. Chicago Cubs | 27 – 20 | .574 (=)
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  4. San Diego Padres | 29 – 17 | .630 (=)
  5. Philadelphia Phillies | 23 – 20 | .535 (=)
  6. St. Louis Cardinals | 20 – 19| .513 (=)
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  7. San Francisco Giants | 23 – 22 | .511 (+1)
  8. Miami Marlins | 21 – 21 | .500 (-1)

There was little movement in the NL overnight. The Giants did swap places with the Marlins without even playing a game. One race to look closely at, only 0.5 games separate the Braves and the Cubs.

(+) 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.

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So, how is seeding for the 2020 MLB Postseason 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. 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. 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.

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