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If the 2020 MLB Postseason started today… Week of 8/31 (UPDATED DAILY)

Updated 2020 MLB postseason bracket for 9/6

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 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 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.

Updated 2020 MLB postseason bracket for 9/6
Updated 2020 MLB postseason bracket for 9/6 (Graphic by @MannyGo3)

And now, here are all 16 teams that are eligible for the 2020 MLB 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 have decided to switch to MLB.com since Baseball-Reference isn’t updated prior to our publishing. As a tiebreaker, we utilize run differential.

(Updated: 9/6/2020)

American League

  1. Tampa Bay Rays | 27 – 13 | .675 (=)
  2. Oakland Athletics | 23 – 13 | .639 (=)
  3. Chicago White Sox | 25 – 15 | .625 (=)
  4. Cleveland Indians | 24 – 15 | .605 (=)
  5. Houston Astros | 21 – 18 | .538 (=)
  6. Toronto Blue Jays | 21 – 18 | .538 (+2)
  7. Minnesota Twins | 25 – 16 | .610 (=)
  8. New York Yankees | 21 – 18 | .553 (-2)

Today, we can officially declare the Blue Jays sole owners of the 6-seed even though they’re tied with the Yankees (8-seed). We made this determination because of run differential. The Yankees have a +13 Rdiff and the Jays have a +17 rDIFF.

National League

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers | 30 – 11 | .732 (=)
  2. Atlanta Braves | 23 -16 | .590 (=)
  3. Chicago Cubs | 23 – 17 | .575 (=)
  4. San Diego Padres | 24 – 17 | .585 (=)
  5. Philadelphia Phillies | 19 – 16 | .543 (=)
  6. St. Louis Cardinals | 16 – 15| .516 (+2)
  7. Miami Marlins | 17 – 17 | .500 (=)
  8. Colorado Rockies | 19 – 20 | .487 (*)

The Milwaukee Brewers lost yesterday, putting them 0.5 game behind the Rockies and out of the playoff picture for now.

(+) 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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