MLB bubbles, explained: A complete guide to the rules …

The 2020 MLB postseason shall be not like any we’ve ever seen, which sounds about proper contemplating all that’s occurred this calendar 12 months.

Following the conclusion of the 60-game season, 16 of MLB’s 30 groups — eight in every league — can have certified for the postseason. Under the earlier setup, in fact, solely 5 groups from every league made it to October.

And the remaining three rounds of this postseason shall be performed in neutral-site areas, to reduce journey and — MLB hopes — get rid of the probabilities of a COVID outbreak that would derail the whole profitable postseason.

Make no mistake, the COVID-less successes of the bubble-type conditions in the NHL, NBA, and WNBA helped lead MLB to this choice.

Here are the need-to-know particulars about MLB’s playoff bubbles

Where are the MLB playoff bubbles?

  • Los Angeles (AL)
  • San Diego (AL)
  • Arlington, Texas (NL)
  • Houston (NL)

The best-of-three opening rounds — referred to as the Wild-Card Series — shall be performed in residence parks of the larger seeds.

The best-of-five Division Series rounds and the best-of-seven League Championship Series rounds shall be performed in bubbles. The NL video games shall be performed in Texas (Houston and Arlington) and the AL video games shall be performed in California (Los Angeles and San Diego).

The World Series (better of seven, as all the time) shall be performed in Arlington, at the brand-new Globe Life Field.

How will the MLB playoff bubbles work?

MLB’s quarantine course will begin every week or so earlier than October arrives.

The common season is scheduled to finish on Sept. 27, and the Wild-Card Series is ready to start on Sept. 29. That’s clearly not sufficient time for a full quarantine heading into the postseason, so MLB is utilizing the remaining week of the common season as a de facto quarantine situation, regardless that some gamers and coaches on contending groups — any staff nonetheless mathematically alive — will nonetheless be touring from metropolis to metropolis. As groups are eradicated from playoff competition, gamers are allowed to depart their resort quarantine conditions.

Players shall be restricted to their resorts when not at the ballpark. Even groups enjoying video games of their residence parks the remaining week can have to quarantine in resorts, not their very own houses. COVID exams will occur each day.

After a tough begin to the season — each the Marlins and Cardinals missed long stretches of video games as they handled COVID outbreaks, there have been solely remoted points.

But, as New York Post reporter Joel Sherman factors out …

“But MLB has strongly expressed a fear of coming this far and not concluding the playoffs and pushed hard for the safest possible protocols to finish out the year. The postseason is worth nearly $1 billion to MLB.”

Yeah. MLB is leaving as little as attainable to probability.

American League Division Series

Winner of 1-8 vs. Winner of 4-5: San Diego’s PetCo Park, Oct. 5-9
Winner of 2-7 vs. Winner of 3-6: Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, Oct. 5-9

National League Division Series

Winner of 1-8 vs. Winner of 4-5: Arlington’s Globe Life Field, Oct. 6-10
Winner of 2-7 vs. Winner of 3-6: Houston’s Minute Maid Park, Oct. 6-10

ALCS

San Diego’s PetCo Park, Oct. 11-17

NLCS

Arlington’s Globe Life Field, Oct. 12-18

World Series

Arlington’s Globe Life Field, Oct. 20-28

MLB playoff schedule

  • Wild-Card Series: Sept. 29-Oct. 2 (if obligatory)

This is a best-of-three collection, and there shall be no off days.

  • Division Series: Oct. 5-10

This is a best-of-five collection, and there shall be no off days.

  • League Championship Series: Oct. 11-18 (if obligatory)

This is a best-of-seven collection, and there shall be no off days.

  • World Series: Oct. 20-28 (if obligatory)

This is a best-of-seven collection, and there shall be off-days after Games 2 and 5.

MLB playoff bubble groups

Sixteen groups — eight in every league — will qualify for the playoffs. The first three seeds (1-3) in every league will go to division winners, ordered by the document. The second trio of seeds (4-6) goes to the second-place finishers in every division, ordered by the document. The remaining two seeds (7-8) go to the two wild-card groups.

For the Wild-Card Series (best-of-three) in every league, the matchups will appear like this:

  • No. 1 vs. No. 8
  • No. 2 vs. No. 7
  • No. 3 vs. No. 6
  • No. 4 vs. No 5

For the Division Series (best-of-five), the playoffs aren’t reset, which means the highest remaining seed doesn’t get to play the lowest remaining seed. For instance, let’s say the No. 7 seed beats the No. 2 seed in the Wild-Card Series. Under this setup, the No. 1 seed (assuming it advances) nonetheless has to play the winner of the collection between the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds, not the No. 7 seed. It’s fully attainable the No. 1 seed may face the highest remaining seed, in actual fact, if the No. 6 and No. 7 seeds advance via the first spherical.

This is the format:

  • Winner of 1-8 vs. Winner of 4-5
  • Winner of 2-7 vs. Winner of 3-6.

As all the time, the League Championship Series will pit every league’s two surviving groups towards one another, and the World Series will function the final two groups standing.

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