Thursday September 27th, 2012

Standings last updated at 11:30 p.m. Thursday September 27; Postseason Odds last updated Thursday morning.

NOTE: For the remainder of the regular season, Hit and Run will have a nightly post updating the standings relevant to the postseason races in the wake of that night's action. 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.

p = clinched playoff spot

d = clinched division title

AL East

Team W-L Pct. GB E# Odds
Yankees 90-66 .577 - - 89.1
Orioles 89-67 .571 1.0 6 10.5
Rays 86-70 .551 4.0 3 0.4

AL Central

Team W-L Pct. GB E# Odds
Tigers 84-72 .538 - - 82.2
White Sox 82-74 .526 2.0 5 17.8

AL West

Team W-L Pct. GB E# Odds
Rangers 92-64 .590 - - 95.4
Athletics 88-68 .564 4.0 3 4.4
Angels 86-70 .551 6.0 1 0.2

AL Wild-Card

Team W-L Pct. GB E# Odds
Orioles 89-67 .571 +3.0 - 71.3
Athletics 88-68 .564 - - 77.2
Angels 86-70 .551 2.0 5 21.1
Rays 86-70 .551 2.0 5 15.5
White Sox 82-74 .526 6.0 1 0.002

AL Home-field Advantage Throughout Playoffs

Team W-L Pct. GB E# Odds
Rangers 92-64 .590 - - n/a
Yankees 90-66 .577 2.0 5 n/a

If the season ended today:

  • The Orioles would host the A's in the wild-card game.
  • The wild-card winner would open at home against the Rangers in the Division Series.
  • The Tigers would open at home against the Yankees in the other Division Series.

NL East

Team W-L Pct. GB E# Odds
p-Nationals 95-61 .609 - - 95.7
p-Braves 91-65 .583 4.0 3 4.3

NL Central

Team W-L Pct. GB E# Odds
d-Reds 94-62 .603 - - 100.0

NL West

Team W-L Pct. GB E# Odds
d-Giants 91-65 .583 - - 100.0

NL Wild-Card

Team W-L Pct. GB E# Odds
p-Braves 91-65 .583 +10.5 - 95.7
Cardinals 84-72 .538 - - 93.8
Dodgers 80-75 .516 3.5 4 1.5
Brewers 80-76 .513 4.0 3 4.7
Phillies 78-78 .500 6.0 1 0.03
Diamondbacks 78-78 .500 6.0 1 0.05

NL Home-field Advantage Throughout Playoffs

Team W-L Pct. GB E# Odds
Nationals 95-61 .609 - - n/a
Reds 94-62 .603 1.0 6 n/a
Giants 91-65 .583 4.0 3 n/a

If the season ended today:

  • The Braves would host the Cardinals in the wild-card game.
  • The wild-card winner would open at home against the Nationals in the Division Series
  • The Giants would open at home against the Reds in the other Division Series.
Tiebreakers:  A two-way tie for first place in a division or the second wild-card spot would be decided by a single playoff game on Thursday, October 4. A two-way tie for homefield advantage would be decided by head-to-head winning percentage. For details on other tiebreak scenarios look here.

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