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MLB announces playoff ‘bubble’ format as Giants fight to get in


Don’t worry, young Giants fans. A run to the World Series won’t interrupt your Halloween.

Removing the tongue from the cheek, MLB finalized plans for the 2020 playoff bubble on Tuesday, featuring a World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, that begins Oct. 20 with a potential Game Seven on Oct. 28.

The postseason itself begins Sept. 29, when the AL will begin its best-of-three wild-card series. NL wild-card games start Sept. 30, which, if the season ended today, would entail the No. 8 Giants traveling to play the No. 1 Dodgers in Los Angeles. The better seeds host the entire series before the divisional series moves to a neutral site in baseball’s version of the bubble.

NL playoff games from the divisional series on will be held in Arlington and Houston, while AL games will be held in Los Angeles and San Diego.

A twist this year will entail no off-days during the divisional and championship series, as MLB tries to squish in games as quickly as possible and doesn’t need to allow for travel days. This would favor deeper ballclubs that can be armed with four or five starting pitchers, rather than teams that rely on one or two aces.

The Giants, at 23-24, are a game up on the 23-26 Reds for the last seed.


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