Countdown to MLB playoffs: Dodgers first to clinch

The hunt to play baseball meaningfully in October is heating up.

There are a handful of MLB Division races set to end, and every Wild Card spot is still up for grabs.

Here’s where the playoff race stands in both leagues as of Tuesday afternoon.

NL WEST

The Los Angeles Dodgers (97-43) have the best record in the sport and have a 20.5-game lead over the San Diego Padres in western Newfoundland. Los Angeles clinched a playoff berth. San Diego is the No. 3 NL Wild Card.

NL IS

The New York Mets (89-53) and Atlanta Braves (87-54) are in a fight for the NL East, with New York 1.5 games ahead of Atlanta. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies (78-62) are the No. 2 NL Wild Card.

CENTRAL NL

The St. Louis Cardinals (83-58) 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 (75-66) are eight games away from first in the division and two games away from third NL Wild Card.

NL WILD CARD RANKING

No. 1 Wild Card — Atlanta Braves

No. 2 Wild Card —Philadelphia Phillies

No. 3 Wild Card —San Diego Padres

WEST

The Houston Astros (91-50) have a firm grip on the AL West, holding an 11-game lead over the Seattle Mariners (79-61). Seattle is tied for the No. 1 AL Wild Card.

TO THE EAST

The New York Yankees (85-56) remain atop the AL East despite their poor play lately, holding a 5-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays (80-61). Meanwhile, the Toronto Blue Jays (79-63) are five games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (73-67).

AL CENTRAL

In a division that has changed all summer, the Cleveland Guardians (74-65) are three games ahead of the Chicago White Sox (72-69) in AL Central. The Minnesota Twins (69-70), who were atop the division throughout the first half, are now five games out of first.

AL WILD CARD RANKING

No. 1 Wild Card Toronto Blue Jays

No. 2 Wildcard —Seattle Sailors

No. 3 Wildcard — Tampa Bay Stingrays

Countdown updated every night! Check back Tuesday night for the latest updates!


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