MLB standings: Playoff picture as of September 27
NOTE: For the remainder of the regular season, SI.com will have a daily post updating the standings relevant to the postseason races. The positive numbers under Games Behind for the wild-card leaders indicate their lead over the third-place team in the race, or how far they are from being knocked out of a playoff spot. The Elimination Number (E#) column indicates the total number of the given team’s losses and leading team’s wins needed to eliminate that team from the race (essentially the reverse of a magic number). The magic number of the leading team is the elimination number of the second-place team. Postseason Odds are from ClayDavenport.com and will be updated in the mornings only.
Standings updated through the completed games on Saturday, September 27.
* = Team has clinched division. ^ = Team has clinched playoff spot.
AL Wild Card
AL Home Field Advantage Throughout Playoffs
To be decided:
AL Central: Tigers clinch with a win or a Royals loss. If the Tigers lose and the Royals win, the two will finish with identical records and will have to play one-game playoff in Detroit on Monday to determine which team wins the division and which will host the Wild Card Game.
AL Wild Card: A’s clinch second wild-card spot with a win or a Mariners loss. If the A’s lose and the Mariners win, the two will have to play a one-game playoff in Seattle on Monday to determine which team will claim the second wild-card spot.
Angels will host AL Wild Card winner in the Division Series and have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Orioles will host AL Central winner in the Division Series.
The second-place team in the AL Central will host the AL Wild Card Game.
NL Wild Card
NL Home Field Advantage Throughout Playoffs
To be decided:
NL Central: Cardinals clinch with a win or a Pirates loss. If the Cardinals lose and the Pirates win, the two will finish with identical records and will have to play one-game playoff in St. Louis on Monday to determine which team wins the division and which will host the Giants in the Wild Card Game.
Nationals will host the NL Wild Card winner in the Division Series and have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Dodgers will host the NL Central winner in the Division Series.
The second-place team in the NL Central will host the NL Wild Card game.