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Houston Astros: Why a short MLB season hurts their playoff odds

A week ago, MLB announced its decision to delay the start of MLB’s 2020 season indefinitely following CDC recommendations that groups of people be limited to 50 or fewer for the next eight weeks. For the Houston Astros and a number of other teams, this could be bad news.

Right now, nobody knows when we’ll return to “normal” in the United States, nor is it possible to take a great guess about when MLB will schedule Opening Day. The best guess we can make right now is that we’re at least three months away, when you consider that a second “spring training” beginning no sooner than two months from now will need to include ample time for pitchers get back into proper shape to start the season.