MLB Postseason Cheatsheet

MLB Postseason Cheatsheet

This article is part of our Rounding Third series.

Postseason leagues can be played in multiple formats, with some contests allowing for substitutions upon each round, others locking and loading for the duration of the playoffs. For the purposes of this set of rankings, I'm going to use the NFBC's Postseason Holdem Contest as the default format. In their contest, you can adjust your roster after each round of the playoffs, to account for eliminated players. There's a multiplier for each round that you have a player advance - if you take a player in the first round and he makes it all the way to the World Series, he gets 4x his score. This format requires you to draft 10 hitters (a player at each infield position, a UT, and four outfielders) and six pitchers. For the first round, you have to draft one player, and only one player, from every team. In the next round, the floor is one player from the eight remaining teams, with a max of three, then two and six respectively for the LCS's, and finally a floor of six and a max of 10 for the World Series. Finally, this is a points league - here's the scoring system:

We're operating under a new playoff format, making our game a bigger challenge than ever. Many have speculated that we'll see more upsets than ever, with the three-game series format in the first round perhaps taking away the advantage from a higher-seeded team, especially if the lower seed has strong starting pitching. The

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