The 2021 MLB postseason is back to the 10-team format baseball fans are used to, rather than the expanded 16 squads in the season shortened by COVID-19 concerns in 2020.
Sixteen teams was fun, and made a lot of sense considering the small sample size of a 60-game regular season. How did we know who was good, or that the extra teams would not have worked their way toward the top if given more time? No such worries exist this year.
With the wild-card games less than a month away, let's make predictions on seeding and each postseason round.
First, freshen up on how this all works.
How All of This Works
How teams make the playoffs:
Three division winners in each league
The two best second-place teams in each league
The wild-card round:
Single elimination between two best second-place teams to face No. 1 seed in each league.
The division series:
Best-of-five series between No. 1 seed and wild-card winner in each league.
Best-of-five series between No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in each league
All series have a 2-2-1 home/road format favoring the higher seed.
Best-of-five series winners in each league face each other in best-of-seven series.
Both series have a 2-3-2 home/road format favoring the higher seed.
Best-of-seven, 2-3-2 home/road format with home-field advantage to the team with the better regular-season record.