2020 COVID Season

WORLD SERIES CHAMPION

Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers over the Rays (4-2)
World Series MVP: Corey Seager (LAD)

10/20: Rays 3 – Dodgers 8
10/21: Rays 6 – Dodgers 4
10/23: Dodgers 6 – Rays 2
10/24: Dodgers 7 – Rays 8
10/25: Dodgers 4 – Rays 2
10/27: Rays 1 – Dodgers 3

After winning their division for the last eight consecutive seasons, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally managed to win the World Series after a 23-year drought. By beating the Tampa Bay Rays in six games, the Dodgers solidified themselves not only as the best team of the regular season but of all of 2020.

No-Hitters

August 25: Lucas Giolito, White Sox 4 – Pirates 0
September 13: Alec Mills, Cubs 12 – Brewers 0

The COVID19 60-Game Season

With the 2020 baseball season over, let’s take this opportunity to dig into what was one of the strangest and shortest seasons anyone could have imagined. Shaped by the Covid-19 pandemic, this once in a century global health crisis upended the MLB season in many different ways.

When much of the globe shut down in the second week of March, so too did Spring Training, with no sense of when the actual season would start. Baseball went into a period of hibernation, and then negotiation — much of which was in bad faith — between the owners and player’s association.

While all sides came to a surprisingly quick agreement on accepting pro-rated player salaries based on the number of games played, the negotiations on the season’s length and playing conditions were ridiculous. Each side used the media to sway the public’s opinions on the situation, and both sides came off looking bad. It was clear that the players wanted to play as many games as possible, and the owners wanted no more than 40% of the schedule played.

With a rushed summer camp pre-season, it was clear that a lot of players weren’t in the proper condition. In addition to some early injuries, the beginning of the season’s defining moments were health scares, sloppy plays and players opting out

In addition to no spitting and touching rules — which were somewhat respected — the adjusted schedule had teams only play in their division and the corresponding league’s division. For the first time, MLB included a universal designated hitter, which will probably outlive this season. Things felt slightly off, expanding the first round of playoffs to sixteen teams and then holding later rounds in hub cities. On the other hand, after some early Covid-19 outbreaks, it made sense to do as much as possible to reduce exposure and travel.

Some of the highlights of the season were:

  • The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays playing way above expectations and making the playoffs
  • Freddy Freeman going from battling a severe bout of Covid-19 to winning the National League MVP
  • Shane Bieber’s dominant season with a strikeout per nine inning rate of 14.2
  • Unknown rookie Randy Arozerena pulling off one of the best post-seasons in baseball history

While the residual effects of the global health pandemic will impact the 2021 season in some still unknown ways, expect the owners to do everything they can to get fans back in the stands as quickly as possible. 

 

National League

EAST W L % GB
Atlanta Braves 35 25 .583
Miami Marlins 31 29 .517 4.0
Philadelphia Phillies 28 32 .467 7.0
New York Mets 26 34 .433 9.0
Wash. Nationals 26 34 .433 9.0
CENTRAL W L % GB
Chicago Cubs 34 26 .567
Cincinnati Reds 31 29 .517 3.0
St. Louis Cardinals 30 28 .517 3.0
Milwaukee Brewers 29 31 .483 5.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 19 41 .317 15.0
WEST W L % GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 43 17 .717
San Diego Padres 37 23 .617 6.0
San Francisco Giants 29 31 .483 14.0
Colorado Rockies 26 34 .433 17.0
Arz. Diamondbacks 25 35 .417 18.0

National League Awards

WAR: Mookie Betts (LAD), 3.4
MVP: Freddie Freeman (ATL)
Cy Young: Trevor Bauer (CIN)
Rookie of the Year: Devin Williams (MIL)
Batting Title: Juan Soto (WSN), .351
Home Runs: Marcell Ozuna (ATL), 18
RBIs: Marcell Ozuna (ATL), 56
Wins: Yu Darvish (CHC), 8
ERA: Trevor Bauer (CIN), 1.73
Strikeouts: Jacob deGrom (NYM), 104

National League Playoffs

NLCS, Dodgers win 4-3

10/12: Braves 5 – Dodgers 1
10/13: Braves 8 – Dodgers 7
10/14: Dodgers 15 – Braves 3
10/15: Dodgers 2 – Braves 10
10/16: Dodgers 7 – Braves 3
10/17: Braves 1 – Dodgers 3
10/18: Braves 3 – Dodgers 4

NLDS, Dodgers win 3-0

10/06: Padres 1 – Dodgers 5
10/07: Padres 5 – Dodgers 6
10/08: Dodgers 12 – Padres 3

NLDS, Braves win 3-0

10/06: Marlins 5 –  Braves 9
10/07: Marlins 0 –  Braves 2
10/08: Braves 7 – Marlins 0

NL Wild Card Series

09/30: Reds 0 – Braves 1 (13)
10/01: Reds 0 – Braves 5

09/30: Marlins 5 – Cubs 1
10/02: Marlins 2 – Cubs 0

09/39: Cardinals 7 – Padres 4
10/01: Cardinals 9 – Padres 11
10/02: Cardinals 0 – Padres 4

09/30: Brewers 2 – Dodgers 4
10/01: Brewers 0 – Dodgers 3

American League

EAST W L % GB
Tampa Bay Rays 40 20 .667
New York Yankees 33 27 .550 7.0
Toronto Blue Jays 32 28 .533 8.0
Baltimore Orioles 25 35 .417 15.0
Boston Red Sox 24 36 .400 16.0
CENTRAL W L % GB
Minnesota Twins 36 24 .600
Chicago White Sox 35 25 .583 1.0
Cleveland Indians 35 25 .583 1.0
Kansas City Royals 26 34 .433 10.0
Detroit Tigers 23 35 .397 12.0
WEST W L % GB
Oakland Athletics 36 24 .600
Houston Astros 29 31 .483 7.0
Seattle Mariners 27 33 .450 9.0
Los Angeles Angels 26 34 .433 10.0
Texas Rangers 22 38 .367 14.0

American League Awards

WAR: Shane Bieber (CLE), 3.3
MVP: Jose Abreu (CHW)
Cy Young: Shane Bieber (CLE)
Rookie of the Year: Kyle Lewis (SEA)
Batting Title: DJ LeMahieu (NYY), .364
Home Runs: Luke Volt (NYY), 22
RBIs: Jose Abreu (CHW), 60
Wins: Shane Bieber (CLE), 8
ERA: Shane Bieber (CLE), 163
Strikeouts: Shane Bieber (CLE), 122

American League Playoffs

ALCS, Rays win 4-3

10/11: Astros 1 – Rays 2
10/12: Astros 2 – Rays 4
10/13: Rays 5 – Astros 2
10/14: Rays 3 – Astros 4
10/15: Rays 3 – Astros 4
10/16: Astros 7 – Rays 4
10/17: Astros 2 – Rays 4

ALDS, Rays win 3-2

10/05: Yankees 9 – Rays 3
10/06: Yankees 5 – Rays 7
10/07: Rays 8 – Yankees 4
10/08: Rays 1 – Yankees 5
10/09: Yankees 1 – Rays 2

ALDS, Astros win 3-1

10/05: Astros 10 – Athletics 5
10/06: Astros 5 – Athletics 2
10/07: Athletics 9 – Astros 7
10/08: Athletics 6 – Astros 11

AL Wild Card Series

09/29: White Sox 4 – Athletics 1
09/30: White Sox 3 – Athletics 5
10/01: White Sox 4 – Athletics 6

09/29: Astros 4 – Twins 1
09/30: Astros 3 – Twins 1

09/29: Yankees 12 – Indians 3
09/30: Yankees 10 – Indians 9

09/29: Blue Jays 1 – Rays 3
09:30: Blue Jays 2 – Rays 8