Thursday, September 24, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 24, 2020 -- "Quick Update"

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"It is funny that while the AL races have been hurt by this year’s playoff expansion, the NL ones look much the same as they would have had the rules not been changed. The NL West and NL East have been decided. The first wild card will be the Padres. The Cubs have a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL Central, two in the loss column. The primary difference is that instead of six teams battling for one wild-card slot and the strong possibility of a multi-team tie at 30-30 for it -- which would have been amazing -- it’s instead six teams for four spots.

"I take it back, the NL races were hurt by this year’s playoff expansion. Man, this would have been a wild weekend if just one spot were in play!"