Effectively Wild Episode 1591: More Like Expanded Nayoffs

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller discuss Rob Manfred’s desire to make the 16-team playoff format permanent and how the absence of off days will affect the 2020 postseason, then conduct a Stat Blast quiz about the best same-named teammate duos, plus a non-quiz Stat Blast about pitcher usage in seven-inning doubleheaders.

Audio intro: Rhett Miller, "Permanent Damage"
Audio outro: Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey, "Who?"

Link to Manfred’s comments
Link to story about MLB “bubbles”
Link to Ben Clemens on the postseason schedule
Link to Sam on every team making the playoffs

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