Countdown to MLB playoffs: Guardians clinch division


The hunt to play baseball in October is heating up.

A handful of MLB division races could go down the wire, and all but one of the wildcard spots are still up for grabs.

The top two division winners in each league will receive byes to the Division Series. The other four teams in each league will play best of three series in the wildcard round, with the highest seed hosting all three games.

Here’s where the playoff race stands in both leagues through Sunday afternoon.

NL WEST

The Los Angeles Dodgers (106-47) hold the best record in the sport and, in addition to winning the division on Sept. 13, they clinched the No. 1 seed overall in the NL throughout the playoffs. sunday. The San Diego Padres (84-68) hold the second wild card.

NL IS

The New York Mets (96-57) and Atlanta Braves (94-58) are in a fight for the NL East, with New York 1.5 games ahead of Atlanta. Both teams clinched playoff berths, but neither secured the split. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies (83-68) are third in the NL wildcard table.

CENTRAL NL

The St. Louis Cardinals (89-64) were one of the hottest teams since the All-Star break and then rocketed to the top of the NL Central. On the other hand, the Milwaukee Brewers (82-71) are seven games from first in the division and two games from the wild card.

NL WILD-CARD RANKING

No. 1: Atlanta Braves (playoff berth)

No. 2: San Diego Padres

No. 3: Philadelphia Phillies

WEST

The Houston Astros (101-53) won the AL West, while the Seattle Mariners (83-69) are the AL’s third wild card.

TO THE EAST

The New York Yankees (93-58) clinched a playoff berth and remain atop the AL East, holding an eight-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays (86-67). Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays (84-69) are 4.5 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (79-73).

AL CENTRAL

In a division that has changed all summer, the Cleveland Guardians (86-67) have won. The Chicago White Sox (76-77) and Minnesota Twins (74-79), who were top of the division throughout the first half, are barely staying alive in the wild card race.

CLASSIFICATION AL WILD-CARD

No. 1: Toronto Blue Jays

No. 2: Tampa Bay Stingrays

No. 3: Seattle Mariners


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