The 2020 MLB playoffs will begin Sept. 29. If that feels soon, well, it's because it is.
The final couple of weeks of this abbreviated 60-game slate should bring ample drama as clubs jockey for position in the expanded 16-team postseason field.
While we wait for the stretch run to unfold, let's make some predictions on seeding and for each round of playoffs.
First, a refresher on how all of this will work.
How All of This Will Work
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Here's who makes the playoffs:
Here's how the wild-card round works:
Here's how the division series will work:
Here's how the league championships will works:
Here's how the World Series works:
The first three seeds in each league will go to the division winners in order of record. The next three will go to the second-place teams in order of record. And the final two will go to the third-place wild cards in order of record.
Any ties will be broken by head-to-head records, intradivision records and records in the final 20 division games, in that order.
Finally, according MLB's "bubble plan," which ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Friday, all games after the wild-card round will be played at Houston's Minute Maid Park (NLDS), Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium (ALDS), San Diego's Petco Park (ALDS, ALCS) and Arlington's Globe Life Field (NLDS, NLCS, World Series), pending approval from the players union.
Got all that? Good. Let's proceed.
The three division winners in each league
The three second-place teams in each league
The two best third-place teams in each league
The No. 1 seed (the division winner with the best record) plays the No. 8 seed, the No. 2 seed plays the No. 7 seed, etc.
All series are best-of-three
The higher-seeded clubs host all games
The winner of the No. 1-No. 8 series plays the winner of the No. 4-No. 5 series, and the winner of the No. 7-No. 2 series plays the winner of the No. 3-No. 6 series
Home-field advantage goes to the higher seeds
They're best-of-five series with a 2-2-1 home/road format
The four remaining teams play best-of-seven series with a 2-3-2 home/road format
The higher seeds get home-field advantage
Best-of-seven, 2-3-2 home/road format
Team with the better record gets home field