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MLB playoffs: Bracket, dates, neutral-site bubbles, everything else to know about 2020 baseball postseason

And here are the bubble locations for the expanded playoffs:

NLDS: Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston
ALDS: Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
NLCS: Globe Life Field
ALCS: Petco Park
World Series: Globe Life Field

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 27, 2020 at 09:58 PM | 56 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 28, 2020 at 01:33 AM (#5979301)
Thanks, I hate it.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 28, 2020 at 01:49 AM (#5979303)
The 8-game days may be a bit taxing.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: September 28, 2020 at 03:21 AM (#5979306)
What regional are the Cubs in? Are we a 12 seed? 12 seeds always do well.
   4. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 28, 2020 at 08:31 AM (#5979318)
The 8-game days may be a bit taxing.


#### that. I don't love the expanded playoffs but 8 meaningful baseball games? Sign me up!
   5. Zonk's Greatest Feat Was Ending the Pandemic Posted: September 28, 2020 at 08:37 AM (#5979319)
I will wait to see how far the Cubs go before I pronounce this a ridiculous farce.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 09:01 AM (#5979324)
I guess I didn't realize the stupid seeding of this thing. It's not just the top eight teams in order!
   7. Astroenteritis Posted: September 28, 2020 at 09:07 AM (#5979326)
The Astros went 29-31 and are in the playoffs. I'm going to have a hard time getting excited about an also-ran team being in the post-season. I really hope this expanded playoff thing doesn't become a thing. I have to admit that the 8-game days are going to be kinda fun, though. Sort of like March Madness.
   8. DL from MN Posted: September 28, 2020 at 09:40 AM (#5979332)
I am not a fan of expanded playoffs but this season it actually seems like a good idea. A more difficult playoffs makes a World Series more legit despite the short season.
   9. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 28, 2020 at 10:07 AM (#5979336)
I agree. Expanded playoffs, this season, are good.
   10. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: September 28, 2020 at 10:26 AM (#5979339)
My rooting interests:

1. A’s- my childhood favorite team.
2. White Sox- Lots of fun players and I used to watch a ton of White Sox games on WGN
3. Blue Jays- Lots of great Jays fans on this here site
4. Padres- Love to see a team really go for it
5. Brewers- They have fallen just short in recent years
6. Twins- Really like Minneapolis.
7. Dodgers- Would be good to see Clayton Kershaw get a ring
8. Rays- Finally winning their world series in a year with no fans seems appropriate
9. Reds- Classic team that hasn’t been good in awhile
10. Indians- I would rank them higher if not for the racism and the cheap ownership
11. Marlins- Their social media guy is really really funny
12. Yankees- I can’t quite muster up the same hate for them when they go so long without winning
13. Astros- I hate the Astros, but I do love some Dusty Baker
14. Cubs- This Cubs team just seems kind of meh
15. Cardinals- Beating the crap out of the Cardinals in the NLCS was really satisfying
16. Braves- can’t root for a division rival
   11. DL from MN Posted: September 28, 2020 at 10:34 AM (#5979344)
6. Twins- Really like Minneapolis.


#1 for me obviously but I like the sentiment. When Trump was saying the whole country could turn into Minneapolis I got a little excited. That would be awesome if the rest of the country was more like Minneapolis.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 10:35 AM (#5979345)
I would like to see: A's/Padres or Dodgers/Twins

I predict: Dodgers over Yankees
   13. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 11:57 AM (#5979369)
The Angels went into Friday needing a miracle and it was looking magical on Friday. They had gone up on the Dodgers 5 - 3 in the 5th, but the Rangers were one strike away from losing to the Astros and making it meaningless. The Rangers then hit a homerun to send it into extras. The only problem was that right as the Rangers scored in the 10th to win the game, Matt Andriese gave up a 2-run homerun to Will Smith that put the Angels behind 6-5. Despite the Astros losing the next two games, the Angels never held a lead against the Dodgers the rest of the weekend and went out with a whimper.

As for this playoffs, my rooting interests:

1. Cubs - Family in Iowa who are huge fans, and I enjoy them.
2. Rays - They deserve one
3. Dodgers - I would like to see Kershaw get a ring
4. Padres
5. Twins
6. Brewers
7. Blue Jays
8. Cleveland
9. White Sox
10. Marlins
11. Reds
12. Cardinals
13. Braves
14. The Year 2020
15 - 17. A's/Yankees/Astros - screw all these teams

   14. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 12:10 PM (#5979375)
Rooting interests:

1 - 15. None. I haven't watched any games this season. Why start now?
16. Coronavirus outbreak cancelling playoffs before completion.
17. Meteor strikes Earth. Planet rendered uninhabitable.
18. Yankees.


Ultimately I guess I'd prefer a Rays/Padres series because #### Rob Manfred, #### Fox Sports, and #### MLB.
   15. JJ1986 Posted: September 28, 2020 at 12:54 PM (#5979381)
1. Tampa Bay
2. San Diego
I'm kind of more interested in seeing a team that recently got good win then one like the Dodgers or A's or even Indians who have been trying and failing for years.

3. Minnesota
4. Oakland
5. White Sox
Nothing against any of these teams.

6. Los Angeles
7. Cleveland
8. Cubs
They are actually good teams, so that's a positive. Cubs just won, though; Dodgers wouldn't feel like a real victory and Indians have some significant negatives.

9. Toronto
10. Cincinnati
At least they had winning records.

11. Miami
Bleh.

12. Milwaukee
13. Houston
I don't care about the Astros cheating, but this is a bad team that just recently won.

14. Braves
15. Cardinals
16. Yankees
   16. McCoy Posted: September 28, 2020 at 01:03 PM (#5979383)
I'd like to see the A's at least get to the LCS and getting to the WS would be icing on the cake. Would be kind of hilarious if bad luck A's got to roulette wheel it into the WS this year of all years.

Besides that curiosity I'm only going to get more than mildly interested if the Cubs advance out of the WC stage.
   17. Astroenteritis Posted: September 28, 2020 at 01:44 PM (#5979392)
1 - 15. None. I haven't watched any games this season. Why start now?


I've not watched more than two innings of any single game.
After 1-15 being none, I guess I'd go:
T16-Rays, Padres, A's, Indians, Brewers, Twins
   18. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 28, 2020 at 01:47 PM (#5979394)
This will be fun. I like baseball.
   19. BDC Posted: September 28, 2020 at 02:02 PM (#5979396)
I must be the last person in the US to have only broadcast TV. This usually means that I see no playoff baseball till the World Series, which is OK. But I see that at least a couple of the first-round games are on ABC, so I might get to watch a few of them – Cubs on Wednesday, maybe.
   20. Zonk's Greatest Feat Was Ending the Pandemic Posted: September 28, 2020 at 02:05 PM (#5979398)
I do think it is pretty ridiculous that 4/5 of the NL Central are in the NL bracket.

   21. Rally Posted: September 28, 2020 at 02:20 PM (#5979401)
Well, one silver lining to the expanded playoffs is that there is no team that should feel cheated by bad luck for not being in the playoffs.

Sure, the Giants had the same record as the Brewers and since the Brewers didn't have to play the Dodgers so far (though they get to on Wed), maybe the Giants were a better team. But they absolutely were not a good team. They were a crappy team, and if they had actually played well they would have had a playoff spot.

Even in the 2 WC era you'd have teams like the 2012 Angels, with ROY Trout and last good year out of Pujols, falling short with 89 wins. Or last year's 93 win Indians. The Rays have twice missed the playoffs with 90+ wins since 2012. All of those teams were certainly good enough to make it in a different year or different division.
   22. Howie Menckel Posted: September 28, 2020 at 02:25 PM (#5979402)
MLB Network just told me (well, everyone watching the channel) that there will be no "runner on second, nobody out" rule for extra innings in the postseason.
   23. Moses Taylor hashes out the rumpus Posted: September 28, 2020 at 02:25 PM (#5979403)
1 - 15. None. I haven't watched any games this season. Why start now?


I've not watched more than two innings of any single game.


I don't even own a TV.
   24. puck Posted: September 28, 2020 at 02:58 PM (#5979412)
I must be the last person in the US to have only broadcast TV.


What does this mean, you watch TV via a HD antenna but don't have a broadband internet connection?
   25. Khrushin it bro Posted: September 28, 2020 at 03:00 PM (#5979413)
Well, one silver lining to the expanded playoffs is that there is no team that should feel cheated by bad luck for not being in the playoffs.


Another way of looking at it is. Every .500 team made the playoffs and two teams below!
   26. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 28, 2020 at 03:25 PM (#5979416)
I guess I'll root for the Rays, Padres and Brewers, as they are the only teams in the tourney that have never won a WS. (This will ensure that all three get swept in the first round.)
   27. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 28, 2020 at 03:37 PM (#5979418)
With this year’s extra round of playoff games. someone on a hot streak might set some single-season playoff records that will be difficult to surpass if/when MLB returns to the normal playoff schedule.
   28. Zonk's Greatest Feat Was Ending the Pandemic Posted: September 28, 2020 at 03:42 PM (#5979420)
Despite there being several more teams I hate more than the Marlins, I think I hope the Cubs at least sweep those grift baskets out in the 1st round...
   29. Ron J Posted: September 28, 2020 at 04:04 PM (#5979428)
#23 I haven't had cable in ...

I would normally just go to the pub to watch games I was interested in. Not very appealing this year though.
   30. BDC Posted: September 28, 2020 at 04:11 PM (#5979429)
What does this mean, you watch TV via a HD antenna but don't have a broadband internet connection?

HD antenna, yes. The TV is so ancient that it won't connect to the Internet without some sort of devices that I don't have enough interest to install if they even make them anymore.

I had a newer TV with Internet connection but even then I did not have any of the relevant subscriptions. My motivation level is pretty low and there's always some sort of sports on broadcast if I am desperate ...
   31. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 28, 2020 at 04:29 PM (#5979432)
With this year’s extra round of playoff games. someone on a hot streak might set some single-season playoff records that will be difficult to surpass if/when MLB returns to the normal playoff schedule.


Did anyone set any records of note in 1981? Not saying you're wrong (you're probably right) just curious. I don't remember anyone making a big deal out of anything that year except Frazier losing three World Series games.
   32. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 28, 2020 at 04:32 PM (#5979433)
BDC refuses to pay for cable, but gets the taxpayers to build him a spiffy climate-controlled stadium within walking distance! Is there anything he can’t do?
   33. Walt Davis Posted: September 28, 2020 at 05:07 PM (#5979441)
If not the Cubs with Craig Kimbrel striking out the side for the save in G7 of the WS then ...

the Marlins, duh. (1) It would expose the silliness of the whole thing; (2) 'Tis tradition; (3) It will give them a reason to induct Jeter into the HoF a second time.

I'm OK with expanded playoffs but 16 was too far -- more than half the league. Twelve would have been fine, all 1st and 2nd-place teams. Having any kind of wild card component makes no sense in a season in which nobody played anybody else in their league.

Anyway, final interleague was exactly 500. ALE +8 over NLE; ALC +12 over NLC; NLW +20 over ALW. The ALC-NLC matchup is arguably closer than it looks given Pitt went 3-17. The Dodgers were 16-4 (but also 27-13 in division); Twins, Padres and Rays 13-7. The only sub-500 team to make the playoffs were the Cards at 8-10 (and might well have gotten to 10-10 if they'd played those 2 vs the Tigers).
   34. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 28, 2020 at 05:10 PM (#5979442)
Re 30: Your TV is so old, it still gets the DuMont Network!
   35. Walt Davis Posted: September 28, 2020 at 05:11 PM (#5979443)
Did anyone set any records of note in 1981?

Not that I know of but given the extra games and the way the game is played these days, there's a reasonable chance that a hot batter on a pennant-winner will set a record like "most HR in a postseason" ... or surely "most batter Ks in a postseason." Since I don't know who holds those current records, I think the integrity of the game will survive (such as it is).

Any idea who the oldest player to HR in the postseason is? Surely older than Cruz at 39.
   36. Walt Davis Posted: September 28, 2020 at 05:13 PM (#5979444)
Re 30: Your TV is so old, it still gets the DuMont Network!

You're supposed to wait for us to shout "how old is it?" in the middle of that joke.
   37. flournoy Posted: September 28, 2020 at 05:16 PM (#5979447)
Julio Franco hit a couple of postseason home runs when he was 43.
   38. McCoy Posted: September 28, 2020 at 05:23 PM (#5979449)
And made in America
   39. Snowboy Posted: September 28, 2020 at 06:11 PM (#5979459)
Re 30: Your TV is so old, it still gets the DuMont Network!


Pretty ####### funny. lol
   40. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 06:14 PM (#5979460)
Julio Franco hit a couple of postseason home runs when he was 43.


Yeah, but that was when he was still in his prime. Surely he hit one near the twilight of his career when he was 64 or 65.
   41. Howie Menckel Posted: September 28, 2020 at 08:59 PM (#5979482)
Since I don't know who holds those current records, I think the integrity of the game will survive (such as it is).

every late-postseason hockey game, the announcers breathlessly note another postseason record being broken - ignoring that they, too, had an extra round.

just because some fact is literally true doesn't make it relevant. if a player has more points in the main rounds than anyone before for that franchise - sure, mention that.

if it only happened because of the COVID bonus round, it atill happened - but it's not worth mentioning.

it's not complicated.
   42. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 28, 2020 at 09:38 PM (#5979486)
Yeah, this is an abomination. But I think I'll place a call to my Official Gaming Partner, or maybe those kiosks are open at Wrigley already?, and place a wager on Padres over White Sox. I thought about betting on the perfecto, but no, that'd be silly.
   43. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 29, 2020 at 12:48 AM (#5979492)
Well it's better then no baseball at all.

If NY or the Astros win, it'll totally blow. If the Dodgers, Braves or Cardinals win it'll be meh.

I'm ok with everyone else, but would put the Rays as a first choice as I'm an AL guy and admire what they do year in, year out with that insanely low payroll.
   44. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: September 29, 2020 at 02:08 AM (#5979494)
There are a lot of exciting teams out there - the White Sox, Cleveland, the Padres are the "new guard", the Dodgers (especially), the A's and Rays as the teams who have been trying for a number of years to get over the hump, with the Braves kinda fitting in there too, the Astros and to a lesser extent the Yankees as the villains, the Brewers as the spoilers. And just for fun we also have the Marlins, just for those Jeter fans and/or haters. I don't know where the Cardinals, the Jays, or the Reds fit into the narrative.

Me, I'm pulling for an A's/Padres World Series. But there are a lot of combinations I would find intriguing.
   45. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 29, 2020 at 02:56 AM (#5979496)
I don't know where the Cardinals, the Jays, or the Reds fit into the narrative.


The Cardinals are like the NL version of the Yankees, so no love there.
Everyone likes the Jays because they are Canadian, really polite and nice.
The Reds, unlike a lot of teams, at least expanded payroll the last couple of years and look like they are trying, so kudos to them.
   46. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: September 29, 2020 at 06:20 AM (#5979498)
Re 39: Thanks.

For those who don't know: the DuMont Network was basically the grandfather of the Fox network.
   47. flournoy Posted: September 29, 2020 at 09:10 AM (#5979507)
teams who have been trying for a number of years to get over the hump, with the Braves kinda fitting in there too


I guess that's technically true, but that seems an odd way to describe it. The current "version" of the Braves has only been a contender since 2018.
   48. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 29, 2020 at 09:15 AM (#5979509)
I'll be honest, I'd love it if the Astros won because the rending of garments would be truly wonderful.
   49. Lassus Posted: September 29, 2020 at 09:45 AM (#5979511)
My rooting interests:
Meteor.
I'll be honest, I'd love it if the Astros won because the rending of garments would be truly wonderful.
That being said, I can get behind this.
   50. Astroenteritis Posted: September 29, 2020 at 10:40 AM (#5979520)
If NY or the Astros win, it'll totally blow.


This mediocre Astros team could only win if they found a way to cheat that actually helped them win games.
   51. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: September 29, 2020 at 11:32 AM (#5979527)
I'll be honest, I'd love it if the Astros won because the rending of garments would be truly wonderful.


Why would that be wonderful?
   52. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 29, 2020 at 11:37 AM (#5979528)
Because I've found the reactions to it over the top. They broke a rule, they got caught, they got punished. Fine. But I have found the responses in many corners to be ridiculous.
   53. Rally Posted: September 29, 2020 at 11:46 AM (#5979530)
This mediocre Astros team could only win if they found a way to cheat that actually helped them win games.


Their offense has scored a run per game less than last year, with largely the same players. It's not definitive, but certainly suggest they might have taken some benefit from their tactics.

On the pitching side, they are giving up about .6 more runs per game. Since the AL leaguewide offense is down a bit, the Astros' decline relative to league is about equal parts defense and offense. But they have a very good excuse for the pitching decline, losing 626 strikeouts and the top 2 Cy Young finishers from their rotation.
   54. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: September 29, 2020 at 12:07 PM (#5979536)
they got punished

Literally, I guess this is true.
   55. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 29, 2020 at 12:28 PM (#5979540)
if the Astros won because the rending of garments would be truly wonderful.


Well, you've gotta find the buzzers somehow.
   56. Astroenteritis Posted: September 29, 2020 at 02:24 PM (#5979576)
Well, you've gotta find the buzzers somehow.


OK, that was funny.

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