|AL "East"||W||L||Div||WC||Still to Play||If playoffs today|
|NYY||40||26||0||3||LAA, Min, Col, SD, Mil (5)||2-Bye|
|TB.||39||27||-1||2||CWS, KC, Sea, StL (4)||3 vs 6-LAA|
|Tor.||33||33||-8||-5||Cle, Hou, Min, Tex (3)||Out|
|Cle||35||37||-8||-5||Hou, Oak, Tor, Mia (4)||Out|
|Bost||33||39||-10||-7||Hou, Oak, Det, Pit (4)||Out|
|AL "West"||W||L||Div||WC||Still to Play||If playoffs today|
|Hou||45||21||0||8||Bos, Cle, Tor, CWS, Atl (5)||1-Bye|
|Oak.||38||28||-7||1||Bos, Cle, CWS, CHC, Cin (5)||4 vs 5-Min|
|Min||41||31||-7||1||NYY, Tor, Bal, LAD (4)||5 vs 4-Oak|
|LAA||40||32||-8||0||NYY, TB, Phi, Arz (4)||6 vs 3-TB|
|CWS||38||34||-10||-2||TB, Hou, Oak, Was (4)||Out|
The 5 other AL teams were relegated for not being in the top 10 at the 42-game mark. You can print out projected player cards for all 30 teams by scrolling down to May 24, 2020 on www.pudnersports.com and use them with free instructions by clicking here. All you need is a few dice. However, while we don't sell anything, we do recommend once you try out the game you order your own playing cards and game by clicking here. The only adjustments I make to those cards is to create a deep range for ball parks based on this chart, and I still use the Clutch Defense Ratings of 1-5 I calculated on these team scoresheets. My guidelines are a player needs to be on the 40-man roster http://mlb.mlb.com/team/depth_chart/and any pitcher projected to pitch at least 120 innings (before shortened season) can start, 80 innings can pitch up to 2 innings or 8 batters every other game, and 40 innings up to 1 inning or 4 batters every other game.
AL Qualifiers vs. Relegating TeamsTo balance out the Strength of Schedule, we balanced the schedule by allowing each team to end up with five of their series for the season against teams relegated in either the AL or NL (not finishing in the top 10 to advance). After these games, each team will still have their match-ups against other qualifying teams from the AL or NL. The AL East teams were a a disadvantage at the 66-game mark because they only had 3 series each against relegated teams to 4 or 5 series from each AL West, team, but at the end of these games all will have 5 series against relegated teams (in below under "Still to Play.") The record of the 10 relegated teams against the AL qualifiers are:
Balt 12-24, Col 6-6, Det 7-17, KC 9-15, Mia 5-13, Pit 16-14, SD 12-12, SF 7-17, Sea 7-17, Tex 5-13.
San Diego won 7-4 and 7-6 vs Blue Jays
Ohtani, Rendon, Teheran crush Giants - Angels securing playoff
spot with 7-6 win and 10-7 sweep
The new and returning arms of Teheran and Ohtani gave the Angels
Just enough starting pitching, and the returning bat of Ohtani and
New bat of Rendon provided 10 of the 31 hits as the Angels surged
Two games ahead if the White Sox for the last playoff spot and
Within 2 games of the top wild card spot. They may have added just
Enough to make the playoffs in a shortened season.
Indians hopes for playoffs gets blow with 3-6 and 7-8 losses to last place OriolesThe Indians dropped to 35-37 and three games out of the last playoff spot with two costly upsets at the hands of the Orioles, who entered the series 8-22.
White Sox win 1-0 then sweep 9-4 at MetsDespite the best pitching outing of any pitcher this season, deGrom on a 9th inning bloop single to finish with 8 2/3rds innings, 15 strikeouts, and only two hits allowed through 8 innings (both by Abreu). Big series for White Sox since their game against a "relegated" team was actually against the Mets (technically the 10th place team of the 10 that made it) as they added Cespedes as a pinch hitter.
AL Qualifiers vs. Other AL QualifiersThe series of games below are games between the 10 AL Qualifiers.
Red Sox win 8-5, then Twins sweep 10-2
Yankees win 1-0, then A's win 7-4
Rays swept Astros 9-1, then Astros won 8-7
Red Sox won 6-2 then White Sox won 2-1
Twins 4, Angels 2 then Twins 7, Angels 5
Twins rallied twice - the teams came in tied.
Blue Jays 7, A's 5, then A's 12, Blue Jays 10 in 10 innings (series split)
The new Major League Baseball extra innings came into play for the first time. Under the 2020 rules, the player who would lead off every extra inning instead starts on second base. This worked out perfectly for both teams as their No. 9 hitters were due up to start the 10th inning of Game 2, with Drury leading off for the Blue Jays and then Allen for the A's.
It was shocking this game went extra innings, as the A's led 7-3 when Semien's line drive in the bottom of the 7th with two on would have expanded the lead - but Biggio not only made a diving catch on a clutch defensive play, but then hit a 3-run homer in the top of the 8th to tie the score 7-7.
It was deja vu all over again when an A's line drive down the third base line might have won the game in the bottom of the 9th, but Guerrero made a diving grab and turned it into a double play - then amazingly Guerrero also followed the defensive gem with a 3-run homer in the top of the 10th to make it 10-7 Blue Jays.
However, Canha's walk off grandslam in the bottom of the 10th kept the A's as the top wild card spot by salvaging a series split to end the game at 35-25 - in second place in the AL "West" of the 10 teams who made the first season cut. They still trail the Astros by 8 games for the Division title and first round bye.
Angels lost 5-7 the swept Indians 8-4
The Indians bullpen put up 5 scoreless innings culminating with Brad Hand's save to catch the Angels for the last playoff spot.
However, the Angels moved back ahead for the last playoff spot in a second game sweep (8-2 after 8 innings makes it a sweep even though the Indians got with 2 runs in the 9th). Trout's Homer was his 4th hit of the series and Upton's Homer was his third HR of the series.
Angels 6, White Sox 2, then sweep Angels 15, White Sox 6
The White Sox retainer their early season explosiveness behind 30 hits in two games. Rookie All-star Luis Roberts went 5 of 9 with a HR, Tim Anderson added three homers and Jose Abreu added two HRs and 7 RBIs.
All four White Sox 2-8 relievers registered a scoreless inning. (We play relievers can only pitch to one inning or 4 batters unless they pitched more than 1 inning let every 2 games their team played).
Shohei Ohtani hit 2 HRs and will pitch the next game, but the Angels dropping the series 5 games to 1 leaves them only 1 game ahead of the Indians for the last playoff spot.
Twins lose 1-3 and 3-5 at A's
This was the first game played with the new Statis-Pro cards after the All-Star game was the last to use the old cards.
Oakland rallied in the 8th to sweep the Twins and move into the top wildcard spot (3-seed) and knock the Twins down to the final 6-seed. Davis had the game winning 2-run Homer in the 1st game and game winning in the second game.
The Twins Kepler had a drive that would have been out of any other AL park, but in Oakland only an 11-13 is a home run and 14-88 is a flyoutout on the deep drive.