There’s nonetheless a month and a half remaining within the 2019 MLB season, but the No.1 seed within the Nationwide League has nearly been locked up. The Los Angele Dodgers (81-41) are tied with the New York Yankees (eighty one-41) for the most effective record in baseball, giving them an enormous lead atop the NL standings. Also, quite a few groups, together with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies, have signed long-term, multibillion-dollar offers with regional sports networks in recent times. The Tampa Bay Rays recently signed a brand new television deal that reportedly quadrupled their average payment.
On November 7, 2018, Zaidi left the Dodgers to develop into the President of Baseball Operations for the San Francisco Giants. 15 Since taking on in 2014, he oversaw the Dodgers win the NL West all five instances, and the NL pennant twice from 2017-2018. Just like 2018, the division might require a playoff game to find out the winner. Though the loser can be assured a place within the wild-card game towards the Washington Nationals, the popular spot is a five-game series with the Atlanta Braves.
Schoenfield:The NL Central. Every staff is going to finish up 82-80, giving us a 5-means tie. How do you break that tie? I don’t know! MLB’s tiebreaker eventualities do not yet embody that one. Better put someone on it. Arizona is in second place and 19.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. Los Angeles can clinch their seventh consecutive division title in early September.
Complete attendance throughout 2,429 main league video games in the course of the regular season dropped by about 1 million fans this season to about sixty eight.5 million, about 14 % decrease than a high of 79.5 million tickets bought in 2007. The drop for 2019 adopted a 2018 season through which whole attendance dipped under 70 million for the first time since 2003.
Olney:What, are you kidding? It is perhaps simpler to learn three new languages than work out the NL playoff field. I am going to say the Dodgers (courageous, eh?) and Atlanta win within the West and East, and I’ll guess the Nationals will likely be a wild-card workforce because they’re enjoying nicely and have essentially the most rotation talent. However past that, it is absurdly vast-open.