2020 MLB Playoff Field Set
The 2020 Major League Baseball season was shortened to just 60 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and some still questioned whether or not they would finish the season at all.
There were some minor outbreaks throughout the regular season, but the league navigated through the pandemic, and the playoffs will begin this week.
The 2020 MLB Playoffs will look slightly different than in the past. There are 16 teams in the field, with eight coming from each league. The first-round games will all be hosted by the top seed in each matchup, and each will be a best-of-three series.
The Division series will be a best-of-five, as usual, and the final two rounds are unchanged as well. The Championship Series in each league will be a best-of-seven, as will the World Series.
After the first round, the American League will head to California for the next two rounds of the playoffs. Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Petco Park in San Diego will host the AL teams in the playoff “bubble.”
The National League playoff bubble will take place in two cities in Texas. Minute Maid Park in Houston and Globe Life Field in Arlington will host the National League teams.
Globe Life Field will be the site of the 2020 World Series.
American League Matchups
The Tampa Bay Rays earned the top overall seed in the American League after winning the AL East. Tampa will begin the playoffs by taking on a division rival, the Toronto Blue Jays, who earned the eighth and final spot.
The Oakland Athletics are the No. 2 seed in the American League after capturing the AL West crown. Oakland will take on the No. 7 seed Chicago White Sox after Chicago snagged the first Wild Card spot.
AL Central winner the Minnesota Twins have earned the No. 3 seed. Minnesota will take on the Houston Astros, which finished in second place in the AL West.
Finally, the No. 4 seed Cleveland Indians host the No. 5 seed New York Yankees in a matchup of division second-place teams.
National League Matchups
The top overall seed in the playoffs belongs to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who posted a record of 43-17 en route to an NL West Division title. The Dodgers will take on the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round after Milwaukee became the fourth team from the NL Central to make the field.
National League East winner the Atlanta Braves have earned the number No. 2 in the National League. Atlanta will host the Cincinnati Reds in the first round after Cincinnati secured the first Wild Card spot in the NL.
The Chicago Cubs captured their third NL Central title in five seasons, and they are the No. 3 seed in the NL. Chicago will host the Miami Marlins in round one after Miami finished in second place in the NL East.
The final matchup in the National League will feature the No. 4 seeded San Diego Padres hosting the No. 5 St. Louis Cardinals. San Diego finished in second place in the NL West, and the Cardinals finished in second place in the NL Central.
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