The New York Yankees are Headed to the 2020 Postseason

Mike Tauchman, Aaron Judge, New York Yankees. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Mike Tauchman, Aaron Judge, New York Yankees. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

After a bizarre season in more ways than one, the New York Yankees are headed to the 2020 MLB Postseason thanks to the Mariners’ loss on Sunday.

Less than two weeks ago, it looked very possible that the New York Yankees would miss the 2020 MLB Postseason, but as of September 20th, they are officially headed back to the postseason for the fourth consecutive season.

The Yankees currently sit with a 31-22 record with seven games remaining this season. Entering the final week of the season they will be 3.5 games behind the Rays, who they went 2-8 against this season.

The good news is, the Yankees’ seven remaining games are against the Blue Jays and Marlins who hold a combined winning percentage of just over .500, and the Yankees are also 4-2 against the Blue Jays.

This being said, the Yankees have a chance to put together several wins after coming off their first loss in 11 games on Sunday against the Red Sox.

As for the Rays, their last six games will be against the Mets and Phillies, who are a combined 51-55… which doesn’t give the Yankees a whole lot of hope to come out of the season with their second consecutive division title.

Nonetheless, the Yankees will have just as good of a chance to win the World Series this year thanks to the expansion of the 2020 MLB Postseason. Thanks to the expansion, there are eight teams from both the American League and the National League, which therefore eliminates the Wild Card Game which the Yankees would have played in.

NOW, the first round will be the “Wild Card Round” and it will be a best-of-three series with the winners advancing to the divisional series, and from there it is the same as every other postseason.

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If the season were to end right now, the Yankees would be the fifth seed and would face off against the Minnesota Twins, who would be the fourth seed with a record of 32-22.

Another odd thing about the 2020 MLB Postseason is the fact that once the Wild Card Series’ are over, the MLB will shift to a bubble. The American League Divisional Series’ will be played in San Diego and Los Angeles, at the homes of the Padres and Dodgers, while the National League Divisional Series’ will be played in Arlington and Houston, homes of the Rangers and Astros.

The American League Championship Series will be hosted at Petco Park in San Diego while the NLCS will be hosted at Globe Life Park in Arlington, with the World Series also being hosted at Globe Life Park.

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Will the Yankees get that far? Only time will tell.