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The overall week of the condensed 2020 MLB season is right here, and the expanded playoffs that can see 16 overall groups within the box is taking form. Some groups have already clinched a playoff spot whilst others’ fates may no longer be determined till the overall day.

Here is a have a look at the present playoff image, beginning with the groups that experience already booked their postseason tickets as of Sept. 20: 

AL East: Tampa Bay Rays (35-19), New York Yankees (31-22)

AL Central: Chicago White Sox (34-19), Minnesota Twins (33-22)

AL West: Oakland Athletics (33-20)

NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers (38-16), San Diego Padres (34-20)

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And that is what the playoffs would seem like if the season had ended Sunday:

American League:

No. 1 seed Rays vs. No. eight Toronto Blue Jays

No. 2 White Sox vs. No. 7 Cleveland Indians

No. three A’s vs. No. 6 Houston Astros

No. four Twins vs. No. Five Yankees

Nationwide League

No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. eight Cincinnati Reds

No. 2 Chicago Cubs vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Phillies 

No. three Atlanta Braves vs. No. 6 St. Louis Cardinals

No. four Padres vs. No. Five Miami Marlins

► The Rays and Yankees have each secured postseason berths on this season the place the highest two groups in every department advance to the playoffs. Toronto is 4 video games again of New York (and the Yankees in flip three.Five video games again of the Rays), so the Blue Jays’ maximum sensible trail to the playoffs is thru securing a wild-card spot. They these days hang a four-game lead for the overall place. 

► The White Sox and Twins seem in line for the AL Central’s automated spots. Cleveland is 3 video games again of Minnesota, which is 2 video games again of Chicago. The Indians have a two-game lead over the Blue Jays, despite the fact that, so a playoff spot turns out all however confident. 

► Issues are relatively unpleasant within the AL West. The Astros (27-26) have a four-game lead over the Mariners (23-30) and a four.Five-game lead over the Angels (23-31) for the department’s 2nd playoff bid. Seattle and L.A. path within the wild-card chase through those self same margins.  

Issues are wide-open within the Nationwide League, as 4 groups are inside 3 video games of grabbing the overall wild-card spot.

► Within the East, seven video games separate present top-seed Atlanta (31-22) – which has a three-game cushion – and the fourth-place New York Mets (24-29). The struggle for the No. 2 spot between the Marlins, Phillies and Mets may come all the way down to the overall video games of the season.

► With a three.Five-game lead, the Cubs look like they’re going to be the No. 1 workforce within the NL Central, however then issues get tight. The Cardinals (26-24) have a one-game lead over Cincinnati (27-27) and Milwaukee (26-26) for the auto-bid No. 2 spot. 

► The NL West sees San Francisco (26-26) or even Colorado (23-29) nonetheless within the wild-card combine, because the Dodgers and Padres – who will probably be making their first playoff look since 2006 – have already pulled away on the peak. 


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