Major League Baseball announced its playoff schedule on Tuesday, sharing the newly-hatched plans for bubbles and expanded playoffs. The first two rounds will not include off-days, with the Division Series being played at alternate sites. The National League will play its bubble games in Texas (Houston and Arlington), while the American League will play in California (San Diego and Los Angeles). The format will speed up the series, but will place teams with shallow pitching staffs at a distinct disadvantage due to the low probability of starting an ace twice in one series.
Adam Duvall and Freddie Freeman continue to mash, while Huascar Ynoa made the best start of his young career. The Braves took down the Orioles after a miserable showing on Monday, evening the series and dropping their magic number to just nine.
Touki Toussaint was not expected to remain with the big club for very long after his performance on Monday. He was optioned on Tuesday in favor of right-hander Jasseel De La Cruz.
This will be De La Cruz’s first stint on the major league roster. De La Cruz is an intriguing prospect with a big arm. He has battled injury through the early part of his minor league career but put together a solid 2019 season where he began the season at Low-A Rome before advancing all the way to Double-A Mississippi. He posted a 3.83 ERA in 87 innings to go along with 73 strikeouts at Mississippi. De La Cruz was ranked ninth on Talking Chop’s preseason Top 30 list.
As noted above, the format for the bubbles has been agreed upon and will now be enacted in October.
The schedule, also noted above, was also agreed upon. The abbreviated format is unlikely to favor the Braves, but time will tell.
An unfortunate side-effect of COVID is the sweeping layoffs that have occurred throughout baseball, especially in scouting departments. Best of luck to those effected.
Cole Hamels is ready to throw baseballs in October. Hopefully Wednesday night is the beginning of a comeback story.
Byron Buxton is a blur rounding the bases.
Which matchups rank the highest?
Yadier Molina and Mike Shildt belong in a circus. The Cardinals continue to be unbearable.