The MLB playoff schedule 2010 hasn’t been formed yet. However, the teams in the MLB playoffs are almost all locked in. Most of the playoff races have already been decided, and the only close ones left are starting to look more obvious. Six out of eight postseason berths have been clinched, with three teams fighting for two spots left in the National League. But if the Padres keep fading, the schedule might not need a one-game playoff to be completely set.
Three postseason berths were officially clinched last night, although the Rays, Yankees and Red were pretty much assured of their spots weeks ago. The Rays and Yankess have already started to rest up, although they are neck-and-neck for the AL East crown. But their wins last night assured that the loser will have a wild card spot waiting for them.
The MLB playoff schedule 2010 has been all but set for weeks in the American League, at least according to who would take part. The Rays, Yankees, Twins and Rangers are now officially the last four teams standing in the AL, although now it’s just a matter of their seeding order. The Rangers are set to face the AL East winner, while the AL East loser will start the postseason at Minnesota.
Another big point is who will have home field advantage through the AL postseason, although the Rays, Yankees and Twins may not be as concerned. If the playoff schedule was formed after today, the Rays would have home field through the AL bracket — in spite of their complaints over a lack of home field support. The Twins could catch both the Rays and Yankees, but they have lost five straight as they rest for October.
Although the Rays and Twins are on par with the Yankees, preventing the defending champs from having home field in October could be crucial. Yet they likely feel confident that they can beat the Yankees on the road in a deciding game, if they have to.
But no matter what happens in the American League, all roads on the MLB playoff schedule will lead through Philadelphia. After winning the NL East on Monday, the Phillies are virtually assured of home field throughout not only the National League playoffs, but the entire postseason, thanks to the NL All-Star Game win.
However, what little uncertainty is left for the playoffs is in the National League, although that could change soon. The Giants now lead the Padres by two games in the NL West, while the Braves now lead the Padres by 1 ½ in the wild card.
Unless the Padres rally, there won’t be a one-game playoff before the divisional round for the fourth straight year. Forming the playoff schedule for 2010 could be an orderly process, although fans hope for more chaos in October.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”
SB Nation- “How Things Stand After Tuesday Night’s Baseball”