2020 Postseason

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Recap[edit]

As with everything related to the 2020 season, the 2020 Postseason was unprecedented as MLB decided to add a full "Wild Card Series" round played under a best-of-three format, replacing the Wild Card Game. As a result, there were eight teams qualifying for the postseason in each league rather than the usual six. These eight teams were the three division winners, the three second-place teams, and the two teams with the next best records. The eight postseason teams in each league were ranked one through eight based on their regular season records and various tiebreakers, with team 1 playing team 8, team 2 playing team 7, and so on. In all cases, the higher-ranked team was the home team for all three games.

The next three rounds proceeded as usual - but with another twist: they were played in predetermined neutral sites: Houston, TX and Arlington, TX for the NLDS, and San Diego, CA and Los Angeles, CA for the ALDS. The NLCS and ALCS were then played in Arlington and San Diego, respectively, and the World Series in Arlington. This was done to minimize travel and create virtual "bubbles" around the participating teams, reducing the risk of a COVID-19 infection. There were also no travel days included in the postseason schedule, making pitching depth a much more important factor than usual in these series.

Series Summaries[edit]

American League[edit]

ALWC: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

Main article: 2020 ALWC1
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Toronto Blue Jays 1 Tampa Bay Rays 3 September 29 Matt Shoemaker (0-0) Blake Snell (1-0) 5:00 pm
2 Toronto Blue Jays 2 Tampa Bay Rays 8 September 30 Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-1) Tyler Glasnow (1-0) 4:00 pm

ALWC: New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians[edit]

Main article: 2020 ALWC2
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 New York Yankees 12 Cleveland Indians 3 September 29 Gerrit Cole (1-0) Shane Bieber (0-1) 7:00 pm
2 New York Yankees 10 Cleveland Indians 9 September 30 Masahiro Tanaka (0-0) Carlos Carrasco (0-0) 7:00 pm

ALWC: Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins[edit]

Main article: 2020 ALWC3
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Houston Astros 4 Minnesota Twins 1 September 29 Zack Greinke (0-0) Kenta Maeda (0-0) 2:00 pm
2 Houston Astros 3 Minnesota Twins 1 September 30 Jose Urquidy (0-0) Jose Berrios (0-0) 1:00 pm

ALWC: Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics[edit]

Main article: 2020 ALWC4
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Chicago White Sox 4 Oakland Athletics 1 September 29 Lucas Giolito (1-0) Jesus Luzardo (0-1) 3:00 pm
2 Chicago White Sox 3 Oakland Athletics 5 September 30 Dallas Keuchel (0-1) Chris Bassitt (1-0) 3:00 pm
3 Chicago White Sox 4 Oakland Athletics 6 October 1 Dane Dunning (0-0) Mike Fiers (0-0) 3:00 pm

ALDS: New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

Main article: 2020 ALDS1
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 New York Yankees 9 Tampa Bay Rays 3 October 5 Gerrit Cole (1-0) Blake Snell (0-1) 8:00 pm
2 New York Yankees 5 Tampa Bay Rays 7 October 6 Deivi Garcia (0-0) Tyler Glasnow (1-0) 8:00 pm
3 Tampa Bay Rays 8 New York Yankees 4 October 7 Charlie Morton (1-0) Masahiro Tanaka (0-1) 7:00 pm
4 Tampa Bay Rays 1 New York Yankees 5 October 8 Ryan Thompson (0-1) Jordan Montgomery (0-0) 7:00 pm
5 New York Yankees 1 Tampa Bay Rays 2 October 9 Gerrit Cole (1-0) Tyler Glasnow (1-0) 7:00 pm

ALDS: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics[edit]

Main article: 2020 ALDS2
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Houston Astros 10 Oakland Athletics 5 October 5 Lance McCullers (0-0) Chris Bassitt (0-0) 4:00 pm
2 Houston Astros 5 Oakland Athletics 2 October 6 Framber Valdez (1-0) Sean Manaea (0-1) 4:30 pm
3 Oakland Athletics 9 Houston Astros 7 October 7 Jesus Luzardo (0-0) Jose Urquidy (0-0) 3:30 pm
4 Oakland Athletics 6 Houston Astros 11 October 8 Frankie Montas (0-1) Zack Greinke (0-0) 3:30 pm

ALCS Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

Main article: 2020 ALCS
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Houston Astros 1 Tampa Bay Rays 2 October 11 Framber Valdez (0-1) Blake Snell (1-0) 7:30 pm
2 Houston Astros 2 Tampa Bay Rays 4 October 12 Lance McCullers (0-1) Charlie Morton (1-0) 4:00 pm
3 Tampa Bay Rays 5 Houston Astros 2 October 13 Ryan Yarbrough (1-0) Jose Urquidy (0-1) 8:40 pm
4 Tampa Bay Rays 3 Houston Astros 4 October 14 Tyler Glasnow (0-1) Zack Greinke (1-0) 8:40 pm
5 Tampa Bay Rays 3 Houston Astros 4 October 15 John Curtiss (0-0) Luis Garcia (0-0) 5:00 pm
6 Houston Astros 7 Tampa Bay Rays 4 October 16 Framber Valdez (1-1) Blake Snell (1-1) 6:00 pm
7 Houston Astros 2 Tampa Bay Rays 4 October 17 Lance McCullers (0-2) Charlie Morton (2-0) 8:30 pm

National League[edit]

NLWC: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Main article: 2020 NLWC1
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Milwaukee Brewers 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 4 September 30 Brent Suter (0-1) Walker Buehler (0-0) 10:00 pm
2 Milwaukee Brewers 0 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 October 1 Brandon Woodruff (0-1) Clayton Kershaw (1-0) 10:00 pm

NLWC: St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Diego Padres[edit]

Main article: 2020 NLWC2
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 St. Louis Cardinals 7 San Diego Padres 4 September 30 Kwang-Hyun Kim (0-0) Chris Paddack (0-1) 5:00 pm
2 St. Louis Cardinals 9 San Diego Padres 11 October 1 Adam Wainwright (0-0) Zach Davies (0-0) 7:00 pm
3 St. Louis Cardinals 0 San Diego Padres 4 October 2 Jack Flaherty (0-1) Craig Stammen (0-0) 7:00 pm

NLWC: Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs[edit]

Main article: 2020 NLWC3
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Miami Marlins 5 Chicago Cubs 1 September 30 Sandy Alcantara (1-0) Kyle Hendricks (0-1) 2:00 pm
2 Miami Marlins 2 Chicago Cubs 0 October 2 Sixto Sanchez (0-0) Yu Darvish (0-1) 2:00 pm

NLWC: Cincinnati Reds vs. Atlanta Braves[edit]

Main article: 2020 NLWC4
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Cincinnati Reds 0 Atlanta Braves 1 September 30 Trevor Bauer (0-0) Max Fried (0-0) 12:00 noon
2 Cincinnati Reds 0 Atlanta Braves 5 October 1 Luis Castillo (0-1) Ian Anderson (1-0) 12:00 noon

NLDS: San Diego Padres vs. Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Main article: 2020 NLDS1
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 San Diego Padres 1 Los Angeles Dodgers 5 October 6 Mike Clevinger (0-0) Walker Buehler (0-0) 9:30 pm
2 San Diego Padres 5 Los Angeles Dodgers 6 October 7 Zach Davies (0-1) Clayton Kershaw (1-0) 9:00 pm
3 Los Angeles Dodgers 12 San Diego Padres 3 October 8 Dustin May (1-0) Adrian Morejon (0-1) 9:00 pm

NLDS: Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves[edit]

Main article: 2020 NLDS2
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Miami Marlins 5 Atlanta Braves 9 October 6 Sandy Alcantara (0-1) Max Fried (0-0) 2:00 pm
2 Miami Marlins 0 Atlanta Braves 2 October 7 Pablo Lopez (0-1) Ian Anderson (1-0) 2:00 pm
3 Atlanta Braves 7 Miami Marlins 0 October 8 Kyle Wright (1-0) Sixto Sanchez (0-1) 2:00 pm

NLCS: Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Main article: 2020 NLCS
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Atlanta Braves 5 Los Angeles Dodgers 1 October 12 Max Fried (0-0) Walker Buehler (0-0) 8:00 pm
2 Atlanta Braves 8 Los Angeles Dodgers 7 October 13 Ian Anderson (0-0) Tony Gonsolin (0-1) 6:00 pm
3 Los Angeles Dodgers 15 Atlanta Braves 3 October 14 Julio Urias (1-0) Kyle Wright (0-1) 6:00 pm
4 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Atlanta Braves 10 October 15 Clayton Kershaw (0-1) Bryse Wilson (1-0) 8:00 pm
5 Los Angeles Dodgers 7 Atlanta Braves 3 October 16 Dustin May (0-0) A.J. Minter (0-0) 6:00 pm
6 Atlanta Braves 1 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 October 17 Max Fried (0-1) Walker Buehler (1-0) 4:30 pm
7 Atlanta Braves 3 Los Angeles Dodgers 4 October 18 Ian Anderson (0-0) Dustin May (0-0) 8:15 pm

World Series: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Main article: 2020 WS
Game Score Date Starters Time (ET)
1 Tampa Bay Rays 3 Los Angeles Dodgers 8 October 20 Tyler Glasnow (0-1) Clayton Kershaw (1-0) 8:00 pm
2 Tampa Bay Rays 6 Los Angeles Dodgers 4 October 21 Blake Snell (0-0) Tony Gonsolin (0-1) 8:00 pm
3 Los Angeles Dodgers 6 Tampa Bay Rays 2 October 23 Walker Buehler (1-0) Charlie Morton (0-1) 8:00 pm
4 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Tampa Bay Rays 0 October 24 Julio Urias (0-0) Ryan Yarbrough (0-0) 8:00 pm
5 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Tampa Bay Rays 0 October 25 tba tba 8:00 pm

NL Team Stats[edit]

TEAM W-L Manager BA HR R ERA WHIP RA
Dodgers 43-17 Dave Roberts .256 118 349 3.55 1.056 213
Braves 35-25 Brian Snitker .268 103 348 4.41 1.362 288
Cubs 34-26 David Ross .220 74 265 3.99 1.221 240
Padres 37-23 Jayce Tingler .257 95 325 3.86 1.203 241
Cardinals 30-28 Mike Shildt .234 51 240 3.90 1.226 229
Marlins 31-29 Don Mattingly .244 60 263 4.86 1.452 304
Reds 31-29 David Bell .212 90 243 3.84 1.218 243
Brewers 29-31 Craig Counsell .223 75 247 4.16 1.227 264

AL Team Stats[edit]

TEAM W-L Manager BA HR R ERA WHIP RA
Rays 40-20 Kevin Cash .238 80 289 3.56 1.219 229
Athletics 36-24 Bob Melvin .225 71 274 3.77 1.234 232
Twins 36-24 Rocco Baldelli .242 91 269 3.58 1.204 215
Indians 35-25 Terry Francona .228 59 248 3.29 1.114 209
Yankees 33-27 Aaron Boone .247 94 315 4.35 1.244 270
Astros 29-31 Dusty Baker .240 69 279 4.31 1.315 275
White Sox 35-25 Rick Renteria .261 96 306 3.81 1.262 246
Blue Jays 32-28 Charlie Montoyo .255 88 302 4.60 1.462 312

Further Reading[edit]

  • "Picks are in: Experts predict the postseason", mlb.com, September 28, 2020. [1]
  • "Eight things we learned from unprecedented day of MLB playoff games", USA Today Sports, October 1, 2020. [2]
  • Anthony Castrovince: "Everything to know about expanded playoffs", mlb.com, July 23, 2020. [3]
  • Mark Feinsand: "MLB announces 2020 postseason schedule", mlb.com, September 15, 2020. [4]
  • Gabe Lacques: "Forget the asterisk – MLB's 2020 champion will be totally legitimate", USA Today, October 9, 2020. [5]
  • Andrew Simon: "16-team field set; postseason opens Tuesday", mlb.com, September 27, 2020. [6]

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