MLB Playoffs Will Be in A Bubble, World Series To be Played in Texas
- MLB announced details of its 2020 postseason on Tuesday afternoon.
- The 2020 World Series will be played at the Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers are the betting favorites to win the World Series.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still crippling the entire world, bubble tournaments have become the norm for professional sports playoffs The NBA is in the final two rounds of its 2020 postseason and they are playing in a bubble environment in Orlando. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced that its postseason will also be played in a bubble and the World Series will be played in a single venue for the first time since 1944.
The 2020 @MLB Postseason will begin with the AL Wild Card Series on Tuesday, 9/29, while Game One of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas will be played on Tuesday, 10/20. pic.twitter.com/KSzWMSAcBk
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) September 15, 2020
No Off Days
The playoffs will begin on September 29 with the expanded Wild Card round where the eight playoff teams of each league will face of in four seeded, three-game series. After the initial cast of 16 playoff teams will be cut down to 8 after the three Wild Card series, the eight remaining teams will head to different bubble locations. The American League will play in California- either at Dodgers Stadium or San Diego’s Petco Park. Meanwhile, the National League will travel to either Houston’s Minute Maid Park or the Globe Life Field of Texas.
Because teams will no longer travel during their series, there are no off days between games in the first three round of the postseason. The decision on whether fans will be allowed have not been finalized as of Tuesday afternoon as MLB and local health officials are still discussing the matter.Although it is not yet official, the agreement between the player and MLB requires that players will be tested daily for COVID-19 during the postseason.
AL teams that are in mathematical contention to make the playoffs will start a transition period on September 22 while the NL begin their quarantine the following day. During this period, up to 28 players in the active roster, 12 taxi-squad players, and 50 additional personnel including bullpen catchers and front office personnel will stay at the team’s transitional hotel or travel with the team on the road.
Only spouses, domestic partners, children, and child care providers can stay with players during the transition period. People other than players cannot bring family members to the transition hotel or on the road. Family members will not be allowed in the bubble hotels at the four playoff sites unless they complete a supervised seven-day quarantine.
Below are the specific dates and locations enumerated during MLB’s announcement:
- Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium will host the ALDS between the winners of the No. 2 seed-No. 7 seed matchup and the No. 3 seed-No. 6 seed matchup.
- San Diego’s Petco Park will be the venue of the ALDS between winners of the No. 1 seed-No. 8 seed matchup and the No. 4-No. 5 seed matchup. It will also host the ALCS.
- Houston’s Minute Maid Park will be the site of the NLDS between the winners of the No. 2 seed-No. 7 seed matchup and the No. 3 seed-No. 6 seed matchup.
- Globe Life Field in Arlington will host the NLDS between winners of the No. 1 seed-No. 8 seed matchup and the No. 4-No. 5 seed matchup. It will then host the NLCS and the World Series.
- If necessary, Game 7 of the World Series would be played on Oct. 28.
World Series in One Venue
The 2020 World Series will be the first to be played in one venue since 1944. That year, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Browns 4-2 in a series that was exclusively played at St. Louis’ Sportsman Park. In 1921 and 1922, the World Series was held at New York’s Polo Grounds. But that was because the Yankees and New York Giants had the same home field back then.
The Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas is a retractable roof stadium with artificial turf which opened this year adjacent to the Rangers’ old ballpark. The Rangers are currently in last place in the AL West with a record of 17-30 heading to Tuesday’s games. They have little chance of making the postseason and are nine games out of the Wild Card race.
Dodgers as Betting Favorites
The L.A. Dodgers are the odds on favorite to win the 2020 World Series aat +325 at BetOnline. As of Tuesday, the Dodgers are 1.5 games up on the Chicago White Sox for the best record in MLB. AL East leaders Tampa Bay Rays are second in the World Series oddsboard at +750 while perennial favorites New York Yankees are third at +800. The San Diego Padres who are 1.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West are fourth at +900. The current AL leaders White Sox are fifth at +1200.
The Dodgers have been good at everything this season. Whether its scoring runs, preventing them, recording hits, recording outs, an many more, they have been a standout team this season. The Dodgers have run differential of +98 and the next best team is San Diego at +83. But despite being on top of the Power Rankings all-season long, no one can say for sure right now who’s going to win the World Series.