Not one, but two players took home honors for the monthly MLB awards. We’ll start with Jared Walsh, who took home American League Rookie of the Month honors. Walsh very well could have won the Player of the Month too, as he was one of the top hitters in the entire league.
After the pandemic-shortened regular season was limited to regional play, seven of the eight wild-card series involve teams that haven’t played any meaningful games against each other since last year. The one exception is Blake Snell and Tampa Bay taking on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Toronto in an all-AL East matchup. It’s like the old days, man, when you played a team you’ve never played before.
Other than that, it’s win two and move on or lose two and be done. That’s true whether your regular season record was 29-31 in Milwaukee or 43-17 in Los Angeles. No, the regular season wasn’t entirely meaningless.