Will your favorite team reach the postseason? Here are the current standings in the MLB playoff race.
There's one week left in the regular season, and the hunt for the postseason is hotter than ever.
The Astros will have to put their celebration on hold for another day for capturing the American League West title after falling 8–4 to the Angles on Saturday night. Their magic number to capture the division remains at one.
The wild-card races are still in full gear, and the Rays took back sole possession of the second AL wild-card spot on Saturday. Tampa Bay rallied for the second straight night in the 11th inning to defeat the Red Sox. The Cubs fell to the Cardinals again to widen their gap to three games behind the Brewers for the second wild card in the National League.
As the end of September inches closer, who will be next to punch their ticket to the playoffs?
American League Playoff Picture:
The Indians fell to the Phillies 9–4 after Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer to keep Philadelphia within playoff contention. Cleveland's loss knocked them out of a tie with the Rays for the second AL wild card and kept them four games behind the Twins in the AL Central.
The Twins fell 12–5 to the Royals to remain four games ahead of Cleveland in the AL Central, while Oakland still has a two-game lead over the Rays for the first AL wild card.
National League Playoff Picture:
The Cubs' woes are only getting worse after a 9–8 loss to the division-rival Cardinals where Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong hit back-to-back home runs. In an attempt to stretch out the game, Chicago sent in pinch hitter Javier Baez, who has a fracture in his hand, in the bottom of the ninth inning, but he struck out.
St. Louis sits three games ahead of the Brewers and six games ahead of the Cubs in the NL Central division standings.
Washington still holds the first NL wild card as the Brewers stay one game behind the club. The Cubs trail Milwaukee by three games for the second wild card, while the Mets (4 1/2) and Phillies (five) and Diamondbacks (five) remain in the chase.
Here's a look at the current division leaders and wild card standings (as of September 22):
• AL East: Yankees (101–55); clinched division
• AL Central: Twins (95–60)
• AL West: Astros (101–54); clinched playoff berth
AL Wild Card:
1. Athletics (94–61)
2. Rays (92–63)
• NL East: Braves (96–60); clinched division
• NL Central: Cardinals (88–67)
• NL West: Dodgers (99–56); clinched division
NL Wild Card:
1. Nationals (85–68)
2. Brewers (85–70)
*The two wild card teams in each league will play each other in a single-elimination game at the conclusion of the regular season. The winners advance to face the No. 1 seed in the Division Series.
Projected Playoff Matchups:
American League Division Series:
• Wild card winner at Astros
• Twins at Yankees
National League Division Series:
• Wild card winner at Dodgers
• Cardinals at Braves