The MLB’s newest proposal to the Player’s Union has included an expanded playoffs that would increase the postseason from 10 teams up to 16 teams for this shortened COVID season along with 2021.
This means teams that are in loaded divisions can still make their way into the postseason without having to try to change their pitching signals every inning because the Astros are watching from satellites orbiting Jupiter’s moons.
Anyway, here are the 4 teams that will benefit the most from the expanded playoffs:
4. Cincinnati Reds
Do not sleep on a rotation that has Sonny Gray and Trevor Bauer pitching once a week. Let’s also not sleep on Luis Castillo pitching third in that rotation. The Reds have good pitchers. You understand that, right? I don’t need to just keep listing guys?
I don’t love their offense but with an expanded playoffs we can see the Reds get in without having to topple Milwaukee, Chicago or St. Louis. All four teams can make the postseason and once you’re in the dance, you can lean on your strength: starting pitching.
Fuck Trevor Bauer though.
3. New York Mets
The NL East is the best division in baseball with the reigning World Series champions at the top and the Atlanta Braves riiiiight behind them with a young roster of guys who are only going to get better this season.
Then you have the Mets and the Phillies who could easily win the division as well in a shortened season. I put the Mets here above the Phillies because the Mets lost Noah Syndergaard with Tommy John surgery but in 60 games, they can still sneak into the postseason without him. 162 games and the Mets would be swimming with the Marlins for last place.
Plus, the DH allows them to give Robison Cano and Yoenis Cespedes at-bats every day without suffering defensively. Maybe Jacob deGrom will actually get some W’s under his belt. Odd.
2. San Diego Padres
I’ve been predicting the Padres success for two seasons now so why would I stop now? Fernando Tatis Jr is a future MVP candidate which is pretty chill considering he’s playing right next to a current MVP candidate, Manny Machado.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are a better baseball club. Hot take, I know. And with the regular Wild Card situation, the Padres probably would’ve been squeezed out by the Brewers or Phillies but expand to a 16-team postseason and we’ve seen how clutch Eric Hosmer was in Kansas City.
Padres in 4.
1. Los Angeles Angels
Deadseriousness is a proud anti-Mike Trout organization. Stop comparing this man to Barry Bonds when I’m not certain there’s any footage of him playing. His entire career is the Wilt Chamberlain 100-point game that was somehow not recorded except instead of black and white photo of Chamberlain holding ‘100’ written on printer paper it’s Mike Trout holding up his fucking career WAR number.
Get to the playoffs and we’ll talk about Mike Trout. Have at-bats with actual pressure and stress.