How Expanded Postseason Impacts New York Mets

Pete Alonso, New York Mets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Pete Alonso, New York Mets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Due to the shortened 2020 MLB Season, the MLB and MLBPA have agreed to expand the postseason to 16-teams, how does this impact the New York Mets?

The 2020 MLB Season has been shortened to 60 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the delayed start, and because of that, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have unanimously agreed to expand the 2020 postseason.

The expanded postseason will consist of 16-teams, eight American League teams, and eight National League teams. However, the way these eight teams are decided is a bit interesting. Instead of picking the three division winners plus the five other teams with the best record, it will be the three division winners, the three second-place teams, and two of the remaining nine teams with the best record.

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That being said, this definitely helps the New York Mets and it will make every game that much more important. The Mets aren’t a popular pick to win the NL East, but many do have them finishing in second or third in the division.

If the Mets can manage to finish second in the East, they get an automatic spot in the postseason, and it would be their first appearance in a meaningful October baseball game since they lost to the Giants in the Wild Card Game in 2016.

Although the Mets consistently have one of the best pitching staffs in Major League Baseball, they have failed to crack the code and get into the postseason. In 2020 though, they have a better chance than they have had in years, but they’re going to have to take advantage of the short season.

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One would think the Mets will have to go about 31-29 or so to be almost a sure thing to get into the 2020 MLB Postseason. The question is; are they going to be able to do it?