The bubble is coming to baseball. On Tuesday, MLB set in stone a plan to abandon home stadiums for the 2020 postseason.
The National League playoff games will take place in Arlington and Houston, Texas, while the American League playoff games will take place in San Diego and Los Angeles, California. The World Series will take place in Arlington.
Having a bubble reduces travel, which decreases the chances of contracting or spreading the coronavirus. It also eliminates home field advantage.
On the whole, baseball fans like the bubble, which is currently being used by the NBA and WNBA. According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, nearly two-thirds of MLB fans approve of the idea of a postseason bubble.
As for the teams that will be inside the bubble, MLB has expanded the postseason to eight teams from each league. That, combined with some surging play, has the San Francisco Giants currently occupying one of the Wild Card spots.
As a result, 78% of the Giants fans who were polled expressed confidence in the team. That’s up from 76% a week ago, 70% the week before, and 53% three weeks ago.
And as a whole, about a third of baseball fans view the Giants as legitimate contenders in this weird season.
The Giants have to squeeze in a doubleheader during their final series of the season, due to last weekend’s postponement against the San Diego Padres, courtesy of a false positive coronavirus test result.
San Francisco hasn’t done well in doubleheaders, losing all four games they’ve played, with three coming via a shutout. They’ve avoided being no-hit though, which feels like a minor victory, though it keeps us from finding out how we’d feel about a seven-inning no-hitter.
Nearly two-thirds of fans think a seven-inning no-hitter should not count in the record books as an actual no-hitter.
Hard to argue with that.
Oh, and by the way, here’s how that picture of Johnny Cueto concluded:
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