2020 MLB Live Stream, Odds and Predictions
The 2020 major league baseball season will be like none that has ever come before it. Since MLB’s 30 teams will have just 60 games to try to streak into the postseason. Players and coaches will need to focus on the field while maintaining strict health and safety protocols off of it. There will be limited travel, empty grandstands and even in the case of the Toronto Blue Jays, difficulty finding a place to play.
The 2020 MLB season has been shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Spring training resumed on July 1 rebranded as Summer Camp. Each team will play 60 regular season games, which began on July 23 with the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals facing the New York Yankees, and is scheduled to end on September 27.
An expanded 16-team postseason tournament is then scheduled to begin on September 29. The World Series is set to begin on October 23, and a potential Game 7 would be played on October 31. The full 162-game regular season was originally scheduled to begin on March 26. However the pandemic caused Major League Baseball to announce on March 12 that the remainder of spring training games was canceled and that the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Struggle
Four days later, MLB announced that the season would be postponed indefinitely, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to restrict events of more than 50 people for an eight-week period. This was the first time MLB games have been put on hold since the 2001 season, when the season was paused for over a week after the September 11 attacks.
On July 3, the All-Star Game was canceled because the regular season’s start was delayed to late July and Dodger Stadium, which was set to host the game, will now host the 2022 All-Star Game. On July 18, the Canadian federal government denied the Toronto Blue Jays permission to play their home games at Rogers Centre this season due to the higher spikes in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. compared to those in Canada. The Blue Jays will play their home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, the home of their Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox are scheduled to play on August 13 in the inaugural MLB at Field of Dreams game. A temporary 8,000-seat ballpark is planned for construction on the Dyersville, Iowa farm site of the 1989 sports film Field of Dreams.
This will be the first major league game played in Iowa. The 1875 Keokuk Westerns of Keokuk, Iowa, competed in the National Association, the first professional baseball league, whose status as a major league is in dispute and is not recognized by Major League Baseball or the Baseball Hall of Fame. The New York Yankees were originally scheduled to face the White Sox, but were replaced by the Cardinals after MLB changed the schedule.
The MLB 2020 Schedule
The schedule greatly differs from the normal 162-game schedule. In an effort to reduce travel, each team will play only 9 opponents during the regular season instead of the usual 19 or 20. Teams are scheduled to play 10 games against each of their four division opponents. The remaining 20 games of the 60 game schedule are interleague contests. To reduce travel, the interleague division match-ups will be AL East vs NL East, AL Central vs NL Central, and AL West vs NL West. At 60 games, this will be the shortest regular season since 1878.
The regular season has fewer games, and the postseason has more games. That’s the formula by which Major League Baseball will operate this year after an agreement, just before the first pitch of the 2020 season, between the owners and the MLB Players Association for a 16 team postseason structure. The 60 game regular season necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic runs counter to MLB’s traditional endurance test of 162 games.
MLB Outright Odds
According to bet365, the betting odds for the Major League Baseball teams to win the tournament are listed below:
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The New MLB Postseason Format 2020
How many teams will reach the postseason?
16 – 8 from the American League, 8 from the National League.
How many rounds will be played?
As has been the case since 2012, there will be four rounds. But instead of a round featuring a sudden-death Wild Card Game with the division winners resting, the format will be as follows:
Wild Card Series: No. 1 seed vs. No. 8; No. 2 vs. No. 7; No. 3 vs. No. 6; No. 4 vs. No. 5.
Division Series: Winner of 1-8 vs. Winner of 4-5; Winner of 2-7 vs. Winner of 3-6.
Home-field advantage goes to the higher seed.
League Championship Series: Winner of 1-4-5-8 vs. Winner of 2-3-6-7.
Home-field advantage goes to the higher seed.
World Series: AL champion vs. NL champion.
Home-field advantage goes to the team with the superior regular-season record.
How will the teams be seeded?
The top three seeds in each league will go to the three division winners (East, Central, West) in order of record.
The next three seeds will go to the three teams that finish in second place in their division, in order of record.
The final two seeds will go to the two teams with the next best records, regardless of division and division standing. Because the first and second place teams in each division automatically advance to October, the 7 and 8 seeds are the actual “Wild Card teams.”
What if there’s a tie at the conclusion of the regular season?
All ties will be resolved mathematically. No additional games will be played to break any ties. With an expanded postseason field, there is less incentive to play additional games, and this method allows for an expedited schedule that doesn’t push the World Series into November.
The first tiebreaker is head-to-head record. If that’s also a tie, the next tiebreaker is intradivision record. If that’s still a tie, the next is record in the final 20 division games.
So the Division Series could technically feature zero division winners?
Every team has to fight its way to that second round. And the higher seed be the “true” home team for all three games of the Wild Card Series. Having all three games in one location contributes to the aforementioned expedited schedule and also serves as a reward for regular-season performance.
Will this postseason structure be used in future years?
This format is only in effect for 2020. As with all things related to the pandemic, there is always a chance of rescheduling and other changes in 2021. But any temporary or permanent changes to postseason structure must be collectively bargained. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires after 2021.
When does the postseason begin?
The best of three Wild Card Series will run from Tuesday, September 29 till Friday, October 2 and the entire postseason schedule will be announced in the weeks ahead.
The Top 10 MLB Teams 2020
With all those inevitabilities looming over the sport, it’s big time to play ball. And here’s a list of some of the top teams that will cut out a major stake for themselves in this season.
1.Los Angeles Dodgers
Behind dueling MVP candidates Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers run roughshod over their all-West schedule, winning 44 games and leading the NL in run scoring and run preventing. Meanwhile, Kenley Jansen rediscovers some of his old dominance and everything falls into place for an October run that culminates in L.A.’s first title since 1988 with a sweep of the Yankees in the World Series. The Dodgers should cruise to the NL West title, as much as in 60 games but Dave Roberts would love to know how his eighth and ninth innings shape up before October.
2.New York Yankees
The Yankees romp to 45 wins and the AL’s top seed, then dispatch the Dodgers in five Fall Classic games to win their first title since 2009. Gerrit Cole wins the AL Cy Young in his first Bronx season to lead a staff of flamethrowers, while a healthy New York lineup powers its way to nearly six runs per game behind a breathtaking trio of peak performances from Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres. They got surprising production last year from guys such as Mike Tauchman and Gio Urshela, but the Yankees would prefer those guys to be secondary players, not the meat of the lineup.
3.Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays’ run-prevention apparatus turns into an impenetrable wall, as Tampa Bay leads the AL in defensive runs saved, rotation ERA and bullpen ERA all at once. With Austin Meadows nudging his way into the MVP conversation, Tampa Bay edges the Yankees in the AL East and Kevin Cash schemes his way through the AL playoff bracket into a World Series showdown with the Dodgers and old friend Andrew Friedman. The Rays’ bullpen was both the best in baseball and the most used in baseball, a neat and difficult trick to pull off.
Houston’s hitters halt the haters, as MVP Alex Bregman fuels MLB’s best offense and Yordan Alvarez cracks 25 home runs. The Astros roll to 44 wins and carry that through October, beating the Dodgers in a World Series no one wants them to win. Zack Greinke is here for a full season; Lance McCullers Jr. is back from Tommy John surgery; Jose Urquidy looked impressive as a rookie; hard-throwing Josh James could start; and prospect Forrest Whitley hopes to bounce back. In other words: With Justin Verlander as the No. 1, this could still be a top rotation.
The Twins leverage baseball’s easiest schedule into 46 wins as the pitching staff nearly keeps pace with Minnesota’s slugging, MLB-best offense that features Miguel Sano establishing himself as a dangerous complement to Nelson Cruz and Josh Donaldson in the middle of the order. Thanks to the AL’s top seed and an LDS upset of the Yankees by Oakland, the Twins elude their New York demons and face the Dodgers in the World Series. The powerful lineup might be even better with Donaldson and a full season from Luis Arraez but the offense needs help from a rotation that was on fumes by the playoffs. Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi return, with newcomers Homer Bailey, Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill providing veteran depth.
An elite offense is bolstered by the maturation of Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley as the void opened up by Josh Donaldson’s departure is filled. Meanwhile, a deep veteran bullpen shortens games for a solid starting staff and the Braves hit the postseason as the NL’s top seed. The Braves have to replace Donaldson and Nick Markakis, two of the keys in the lineup that ranked third in the NL in runs. Marcell Ozuna hasn’t been much more than a league-average hitter the past two seasons, and Johan Camargo and/or Riley will have to step up at third base.
Oakland slams an AL-high homer total, flashes baseball’s best defense and supports a good rotation with a gaggle of relievers with sub-2.00 ERAs. The A’s leapfrog the Astros in the division, then ride their bullpen to a 1974 and 1988 rematch with the Dodgers in the World Series. The A’s won 97 games last year but will get an injection of promising young arms with rookies Puk and Jesus Luzardo, plus a healthy Manaea. Throw in Frankie Montas and that’s four potential top-of-the-rotation talents.
Repeat. Veteran starters Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez ramp up to seven-inning outings quickly and together win three-quarters of their decisions. The offense is dynamic behind NL MVP Juan Soto’s 1.142 OPS and a Rookie of the Year showing by 3B Carter Kieboom. It’s enough to get the Nationals an NL-best 41 wins and a much-needed home-field edge for the NLCS matchup with the Dodgers. They signed Will Harris and will have Daniel Hudson for the entire season. A better bullpen will help make up for the loss of Rendon.
The once and future Spiders break baseball’s longest title drought, as Cleveland rides a Cy Young season from Mike Clevinger to a regular-season mark that just edges the Yankees and Astros as the AL’s best and translates that to a homer-rich October run for the magical last edition of the Indians. In the outfield, they will mix and match again with the likes of Oscar Mercado, Jordan Luplow, Delino DeShields Jr., Franmil Reyes and Domingo Santana, with Reyes or Santana the DH.
10.New York Mets
Pete Alonso closely approximates his rookie season, Jeff McNeil wins the batting title and Robinson Cano summons a throwback season as the Mets ride an NL-best on-base percentage and a Jacob deGrom-dominated pitching staff to 33 wins and an NL wild-card slot. If they stay at the top of the board this year, they’ll do so without rehabbing Syndergaard, who was the hardest-throwing starter in the league last year.