Instead of the 162-game marathon, the 2020 MLB season will be a 60-game sprint. The shortened schedule has been announced, so let’s see how it will work, as the first pitch is set for Thursday, July 23, when the reigning champs Washington Nationals host the New York Yankees.
Each team will play 10 games against each of the other teams in its division, for a total of 40 games.
Each team will play 20 interleague games against the teams in its corresponding geographic division (AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central, AL West vs. NL West). Six of those 20 games will be against a team’s “natural interleague rival” (Yankees-Mets, White Sox-Cubs, etc.).
The regular season is scheduled to end Sept. 27. The postseason will follow the usual format, with the two wild-card teams in each league meeting in a one-game playoff, and the winners advancing to play the division winners.
Don’t forget about the rule changes for the 2020 MLB season: universal DH, three-batter minimum for pitchers, and extra innings start with a runner on second base.
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