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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

FiveThirtyEight: MLB Starting Pitchers Will Have Less Rest This Postseason

Clubs will have to go deeper into their starting pitching rotations, which will likely help some teams and hurt others. Which teams could benefit, and which might be hurt? Let’s look at this question in a couple of different ways.

First, let’s use FiveThirtyEight’s pitcher ratings, which are based on rolling game scores.1 These scores try to predict how a pitcher will perform in a typical start; they’re not perfect — because of the shortened season this year, performance during the end of last year’s season still contributes to each pitcher’s rating — but they offer a good first cut at the question. We looked for teams that had at least one high-end, ace-type starter2 and depth — meaning four or more active starters with average-or-better rolling game scores. When examining MLB playoff rotations, there are clear haves and have nots.

In the American League field, the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays all appear to enjoy the greatest advantage from the playoff format, based on our criteria.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2020 at 09:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Manfred: Expanded playoffs likely to remain beyond 2020

While appearing on a virtual panel organized by Hofstra University’s business school on Monday, commissioner Rob Manfred said the league’s expanded postseason format featuring 16 teams would likely return in 2021 and beyond, according to Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post.

“I think there’s a lot to commend it,” Manfred said of the format, “and it is one of those changes I hope will become a permanent part of our landscape.”

The commissioner added that “an overwhelming majority” of owners favored the expanded playoffs before the pandemic shortened this season to 60 games and necessitated the change.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 16, 2020 at 09:18 AM | 154 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

MLB Announces Postseason Schedule and Sites: Get Ready for No Off-Days

A significant additional wrinkle this year? No off-days.

The ALDS and NLDS will take place from October 5-9 and October 6-10, respectively. They are five-game series, and they will be completed in five days.

The ALCS and NLCS will take place from October 11-17 and October 12-18, respectively. Again, they are seven-game series, and they will be completed in seven days.

The World Series, from October 20-28, will have two off-days. But otherwise, you’re playing straight through. What if there’s rain, you ask? Or an outbreak? I guess we’ll see!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 15, 2020 at 02:29 PM | 16 comment(s)
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