July 26, 2021

Everything you need to know for final week of the MLB season (ESPN)


Did you think we would get here? With one week remaining in this shortened, 60-game season, without the benefit of a bubble to keep the players completely isolated from the COVID-19 virus, the 30 teams and 1,295 different players who have worn a major league uniform in 2020 are going to make it to the end. With a mandatory quarantine date set for Wednesday, some teams will leave for the road this week — packing for a trip that could extend to 50 days if they reach the World Series.

It didn’t look like we would get here after the first weekend of the season, when the Miami Marlins had an outbreak in the organization and then the St. Louis Cardinals had one a few days later. The Marlins didn’t play for eight days, the Cardinals for 16, and doubleheaders piled up for those two clubs and their opponents who had their own schedules interfered with. Remarkably, both the Marlins and Cardinals enter the final week in a playoff position.

With the 16-team postseason tournament looming next week, we still have a few things to decide — most notably, which teams, especially in the National League, will actually get in. Here’s what to watch these final seven days:

The National League playoff…

Read “Everything you need to know for final week of the MLB season” at ESPN