A 16-Team MLB Post-Season Playoff Format Beyond 2020? Really?
Not that MLB owners and the MLBPA would care since the post-season is where the real money and the big bucks are, but...
Starting in 1995 (and I'm not counting 1994 because the strike ended the season early), when MLB went from four divisions to to six divisions and added a Wild Card team to the playoffs:
If the 16-team playoff format MLB is using in 2020 had been in effect in MLB 1995-2019 (where the first and second-place clubs from each division plus the seventh and eighth best records among the remaining clubs would qualify for the post-season), 38 TEAMS with losing records (including one 75-86 team and three 77-85 teams) would have made the playoffs in 25 seasons.
If a 14-team playoff format had been in effect in MLB 1995-2019 where the first and second place clubs from each division plus the seventh best record from among the remaining clubs would qualify for the post-season and the club with best regular-season record would get a first-round bye, 11 TEAMS with losing records would have made the playoffs in 25 seasons.
If a twelve team playoff format had been in effect in MLB 1995-2019 where the first place clubs from each division plus the three remaining clubs with the best records but not necessarily a second-place club (so that all three Wild Card teams could be from the same division) would make the playoffs (with the two division winners with the best regular season records getting a first-round bye), TWO TEAMS with losing records (the 1997 80-81 White Sox and the 2017 80-82 Royals) would have made the playoffs in 25 seasons.
No clubs with a losing record made the four-team playoffs (three division winners plus one Wild Card team) 1995-2011 and the five team playoffs (three division winners and two Wild Card teams) 2012-2019.
As far as the Cubs are concerned, as it happened they made the playoffs eight times over the course of 25 seasons 1995-2019 (in 1998, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018), but they would have made the playoffs five more times (1995 7th seed, 2001 6th seed, 2004 7th seed, 2009 8th seed, and 2019 8th seed) if the 16-team playoff format had been in effect 1995-2019, and although they would have just barely qualified in 1995, 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2019, at least the Cubs did have winning records in those seasons. (And given the randomness of a short baseball series where any club can beat any other club, I suppose anything could have happened).
Eric S 2 hours 38 min ago (view)
Rea bringing the heat 94-96 - and retires the heart of the Indians lineup in order. He's looked impressive in his two appearances.
Eric S 2 hours 54 min ago (view)
Happ's bat being on fire is pleasing to the eye
Eric S 3 hours 55 min ago (view)
He's the anti-Kimbrel
Eric S 3 hours 59 min ago (view)
Oliver Perez alone is worth the price of admission - more kinds of "deliveries" than Baskin-Robbins has flavors.
crunch 4 hours 2 min ago (view)
anyone that doesn't enjoy watching oliver perez pitching isn't my friend and can't borrow any of my stuff.
Eric S 8 hours 18 min ago (view)
Agreed. Still a lot of swing and miss in the lineup and Caratini's make solid contact/line drive approach helps balance that out, particularly against righties
I like Bote's bat in the lineup as well with spelling KB at third and getting into the 2B rotation (Nico hasn't lept out ahead of the competition)
Dolorous Jon Lester 8 hours 36 min ago (view)
As well he should, Victor is a really good hitter. I am glad to see him getting these opportunities.
crunch 8 hours 49 min ago (view)
happ moving up...nice.
also, ross seems to really love caratini getting ABs.
Eric S 9 hours 25 min ago (view)
KB, Rizzo, Javy, Schwarber, Willson, Happ, JHey, Caratini (DH), Kipnis, Lester
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 50 min ago (view)
Carlos Zambrano. Loved Z but by the end of
his tenure he was absolutely a negative influence.
Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 51 min ago (view)
I find it odd that they were basically able to totally re order the rotation and didn't move Hendricks to a home start this weekend against he team he tossed a shutout against.
Cubster 16 hours 23 min ago (view)
Aha, I see a topic. List all time Cub clubhouse cancers.
crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)
the indians waited too long to get trevor bauer away from influencing clevenger as a professional and human being...
there's a reason bauer has been sold "below cost" by 2 teams now.
also, do they even care that carlos carrasco is coming back from a boatload of chemo and has decided to participate in this season when he could have just taken his $$ and gone home for a year?
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
thursday stl/det double header postponed.
cards have played 5 games and might not play a 6th until the weekend...maybe.
some other teams will be 20+ games played at that point.
Eric S 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
Dietrich ends up with the Rangers on a minor league deal and sent to their alternate training site.