With the 2019 regular season officially in the rearview, one thing is clear: it's been a season of extremes for America's pastime, both in the box scores and the standings:
- Box scores: A whopping 15 teams either set or tied their single-season record for home runs, while pitchers obliterated the strikeout record.
- Standings: For the second time ever, 4 teams had 100 losses (Tigers, Orioles, Marlins, Royals). And for the first time ever, 4 teams had 100 wins (Astros, Dodgers, Yankees, Twins).
What's next: Those 4 juggernauts, along with the Braves, Cardinals, Athletics, Rays, Nationals and Brewers make up the 10-team postseason field. The action begins tomorrow.
Coming up (full schedule):
- Tuesday: Brewers at Nationals (NL Wild Card Game)
- Wednesday: Rays at Athletics (AL Wild Card Game)
- Thursday: Cardinals at Braves (NLDS); TBD at Dodgers (NLDS)
- Friday: Twins at Yankees (ALDS); TBD at Astros (ALDS); Cardinals at Braves (NLDS); TBD at Dodgers (NLDS)
Top 10 players (per MLB.com):
- Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
- Justin Verlander, Astros
- Gerrit Cole, Astros
- Alex Bregman, Astros
- Anthony Rendon, Nationals
- Max Scherzer, Nationals
- Ronald Acuña Jr., Braves
- Matt Chapman, Athletics
- Jack Flaherty, Cardinals
- Aaron Judge, Yankees
Go deeper: If you need more baseball and you need it now, scroll to the bottom for a look back at the regular season, along with my AL and NL awards picks.