For reasons not in any way clear, MLB and the Players Association have decided at the very last minute to change the post-season structure for the shortened 2020 season.
The number of teams that will make the play-offs is going to increase from 10 to 16, just in case this season wasn’t going to be random enough already.
You know that team you were 100% certain had no shot at the play-offs? You might need to think again …
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale has the details; the most important being:
The new playoff format will feature a best-of-three series in the first round instead of a sudden-death wild-card game. The top two teams in each division will qualify for the postseason – with the two other best teams in each league filling out the 16-team pool.
The winners of the first round will advance to the best-of-five division series and traditional best of seven League Championship Series and World Series.
This all relies on the regular season going swimmingly and everything not having to be cancelled due to Covid-19, so let’s not be too hasty in planning out any play-off brackets just yet.
The randomness apparently is going to be increased even more by the process of teams deciding who they are going to play:
The good news is that there is no chance of the A’s suffering one-and-done play-off heartbreak for the third season in a row. Other than that, it’s hard to know what to make of it, although as always Jayson Stark sums it up quite well: