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2020 MLB Postseason Matchups and Magic Numbers (Updated 9/24)

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If the 2020 MLB Postseason started today, which teams would face off and what are their Magic Numbers?

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, please visit any one of the articles in this series.

Now, To determine seeding, we check our standings against  ESPN  and MLB for accuracy. As a tiebreaker, we have shifted from using run differential to intradivisional record in order to reflect MLB better.

(Updated 9/25 – There are FOUR days until the Playoffs)

AMERICAN LEAGUE

  1. Rays | 37 – 20 | .649*
  2. Twins | 35 – 22 | .614*
  3. Athletics | 34 – 22 | .607*
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  4. White Sox | 34 – 23 | .596*
  5. Yankees | 32 – 25 | .561*
  6. Astros | 29 – 28 | .509 | Magic No. 1
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  7. Indians | 33 – 24 | .579*
  8. Blue Jays | 30 – 27 | .526*

Notes: If the postseason were to begin today, the Yankees would face off against the White Sox in Chicago. If the team would like to continue playing in New York beyond this weekend series against the Miami Marlins, they’ll have to try to win over the 4-seed.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

  1. Dodgers | 40 – 17 | .702*
  2. Braves | 34 – 23 | .596*
  3. Cubs | 32 – 25 | .561*
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  4. Padres | 34 – 22 | .607*
  5. Cardinals | 28 – 26 | .519 | Magic No. 5
  6. Marlins | 29 – 28 | .509 | Magic No. 2
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  7. Reds | 29 – 28 | .509 | Magic No. 3
  8. Giants | 28 – 28 | .509 | Magic No. 4

Notes: Starting today, the Cardinals will take on the Brewers for a 5-game set. This will ultimately determine the fate of the team. As for the Reds, technically they’ll be facing a tougher opponent in the Twins. The Twins, however, have already clinched a playoff berth and are ultimately only playing for seeding, which may not matter in a playoff bubble.

(* indicates that the team has clinched a 2020 MLB Playoff berth)

2020 MLB Playoffs
Graphic via MLB

A few logistical MLB Playoffs updates were announced yesterday. Here’s what you need to know.

Yesterday, we learned that the 2020 MLB postseason will feature yet another change from year’s past. In what seems like a rather easy agreement between the league and the MLBPA, we finally know when and where ALL postseason games will be played.

Wild Card Series (best-of-3):

  • Hosted by the team with the best record
  • Games to be played between 9/29 – 10/2
  • No off-days between games

From here, the rest of the postseason will be played in one of four neutral sites, depending on the team.

Divisional Series (best-of-5):

  • NLDS games to be played either in either Arlington, TX or Houston, TX
  • ALDS games to be played either in San Diego, CA or Los Angeles, CA
  • Games to be played between 10/5 – 10/10
  • No off-days between games

Championship Series (best-of-7):

  • NLCS to be played in Arlington, TX
  • ALCS to be played in San Diego, CA
  • Games to be played between 10/11 – 10/18
  • No off-days between games

World Series (best-of-7):

  • World Series to be played in Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX
  • Games to be played between 10/20 – 10/28
  • Two off-days granted between games 2 and 3 and between games 5 and 6.

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