With COVID-19 an issue for a second straight year, the 2021 Major League Baseball season will appear like a cross in between what we understood prior to COVID-19 and what was embraced last season as a means of reducing the impact of the pandemic.
Currently, the season is scheduled to start on April 1, and the hope is that each group will be able to play a full 162-game schedule. Online sportsbooks have the Dodgers as the favorite to win the World Series, and they open their season at Colorado.
Because of last seasons shortened schedule and to lower travel, groups just played video games inside their region. West groups played just West teams, Central played Central, and East vs. East.
For the 2021 season, we are back to games outside of divisions. As with the 2019 season, each team will play 19 games inside their own division, either six or 7 video games against the rest of their league, and 20 interleague games.
Which Rules are Staying?
Extra-inning video games would begin each half-inning with a runner on 2nd base, and that will be utilized in 2021. Both players and owners took pleasure in the modification, and this is one guideline modification that may live beyond the pandemic.
For the 2020 season, MLB adopted a variety of guideline changes to restrict long days at the ballpark and aid with the possibility of depleted teams due to positive tests.
Seven-inning doubleheaders were a new thing in 2020, and they will when again be utilized in 2021. It was popular with both players and supervisors.
Which Rules are Going?
That was on the table again this season, however owners connected it to another broadened playoffs. The MLBPA rejected it, so, as of now, both the universal designated hitter and the expanded playoffs are gone.
With only 5 teams from each league now set to make the postseason, online oddsmakers have installed the Dodgers (+160) as the National League preferred and the Yankees (+225) as the most likely American League pennant winner.
Something that was utilized last year, and was popular with both sides, was the universal designated player. Both the National League and the American League utilized it for all games played.
Changes to the Baseball
Unrelated to COVID-19, however instead related to the wild variation in crowning achievement, the baseball used by MLB is going through a couple of modifications. In 2019, a record 6,776 home runs were struck, just 5 years eliminated from a season where 4,186 home runs were struck.
However the brand-new ball for 2021 will also have actually reduced bounciness, which ought to decrease the overall amount of crowning achievement. Likewise, five new teams will begin storing baseballs in humidors.
The baseball will be lightened by less than one-tenth of one ounce. That by itself ought to make the home run percentage increase.
MLB says that an independent lab testing the new baseball discovered that the new ball will fly one to two feet much shorter on balls struck greater than 375 feet.