St. John’s baseball: Three Red Storm stars primed to make MLB Playoffs

St. John's baseball and basketball standouts (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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A duo of St. John’s baseball standouts and a Red Storm basketball favorite are all primed to make the 2020 MLB Playoffs.

All eyes will be on the 2020 Major League Baseball Playoffs in Queens, New York as three former Johnnies are all primed to reach the postseason.

Cody Stashak of the Minnesota Twins and Joe Panik of the Toronto Blue Jays have already clinched a postseason berth and Amir Garrett and the Cincinnati Reds could be next.

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With three games remaining in the season for a majority of the league, Stashak and the Twins are still fighting for the American League Central Division with the Chicago White Sox, with Minnesota holding a one game lead.

However, Stashak’s Twins could be the team that doesn’t allow Amir Garrett and the Cincinnati Reds to reach the postseason for the first time 2013.

Minnesota and Cincinnati begin a three game series on Friday night at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The Reds currently have a half game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the first Wild Card slot as the Philadelphia Phillies are one and a half games behind Cincinnati.

As for Joe Panik and the Toronto Blue Jays, they cinched a playoff berth on Thursday night thanks to its victory over the New York Yankees and the Jays still have a chance to catch New York for second place in the American League East, which would give Toronto a better playoff seeding.

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New York is currently has a two game lead over the Blue Jays as it looks like Toronto will be facing fellow AL East rival, the Tampa Bay Rays, in the best-of-three Wild Card round in No. 1 vs. No. 8 matchup in the revamped 2020 MLB Playoffs.

What happens next with for these St. John’s baseball and basketball favorites?

Cody Stashak and Joe Panik already have postseason experience but Amir Garrett is looking to reach the playoffs for the first time in his career.

The 2020 MLB Playoffs begin on September 29 but Garrett and the Cincinnati Reds have a magic number of three to reach the postseason while Stashak and the Minnesota Twins also have a magic number of three to clinch the AL Central.

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It will be a fun weekend of baseball at Target Field as these two teams try to achieve the goals it set in the strange offseason.