Wild Card Playoffs 2020





Wild, Wild 2020

 


By David A. Avila

If this were normal times the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays would be locks to go all the way to the World Series. But it’s not.

This is the roaring 2020s and this year has been anything but normal. It’s been wild.

That’s why we’re picking to Cincinnati Reds to go all the way despite being a wild card entry. We also select Tampa Bay to be the American League champion and here’s our reason why:

Tampa Bay has always played in front of empty stadiums so this is old hat. While most other teams are accustomed to playing in front of 35,000 fans or more, the Rays need dusters to clean up their seats after every game. Seldom do they have more than 10,000 fans at any game.

And why pick the Reds?

Led by former UCLA Bruin Trevor Bauer, the Reds flame-thrower led the National League in a number of pitching categories including the most important ERA and WHIP. He also has two partners in crime with Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo. This trio has been dynamite especially in the month of September.

Bauer was recently selected Pitcher of the Month for September by Major League Baseball. He most definitely will be the NL Cy Young Award winner unless the New York media continues their smooch affair with Mets hurler Jacob DeGrom.  

It wouldn’t be the first time a Wild Card entry goes all the way. Last Year the Washington Nationals did it. The San Francisco Giants did it twice. Whenever there is a wild card entry and especially in a three-game series, anything can happen. The Reds are perfectly made for this scenario.


Dodgers

Too bad for the Dodgers who bulldozed their way to 43 wins and a .717 winning percentage which is amazing. They won their eighth consecutive division title but it means nothing if they can’t beat the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game series.

Everything is equal when it comes to best of three games. It’s not fair to teams like the Dodgers and Rays who fought their way to the best records in their respective leagues. Then you have teams like the Brewers and Astros who did not win more games than they lost.

But 2020 has been anything but fair. The fact that Major League Baseball was able to have a season has been remarkable.

Death has been all around us worldwide. Nearly a million lives have been lost to the coronavirus pandemic.


Jay Johnstone R.I.P.

Former Dodger and Angel outfielder Jay Johnstone recently lost his life to Covid-19 this past Saturday.

Johnstone was a superb hitter who played 20 years for various teams and won world championships with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees. He was known for his sense of humor and likeability.


TV

Beginning on Tuesday, four games will be shown on television starting at 11a.m. PT up to 7 p.m. PT. The American League playoffs will ignite on Tuesday. There will be no days off.

The National League playoffs begin Wednesday and all four games will be played too. No days off.

Look to your local listings for the networks showing the games. On Tuesday ABC, ESPN and TBS will be televising games on Tuesday.

 

 

 

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