and the potential impact it could have on regular season win totals. The National League is projected to have the six worst teams (San Diego, Colorado, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Philadelphia) which could mean a few extra wins for those AL squads that draw favorable Interleague slates.
And those 20 interleague games can have an outsized effect. Just last year, the 86-win Astros squeaked in to the second Wild Card, finishing one game ahead of the 85-win Angels. One of the biggest things that separated them was interleague play: the Astros finished a lucky 16-4, while the Angels were only 8-12. They both faced the West last year, but the 87-win Wild Card Yankees faced the East, and they went 11-9, with special thanks to a three-game sweep of the Braves — and that preserved their two-win margin over the Angels.