Pennant Race Standings: September 29

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Standings updated through all the games of September 29; Postseason Odds last updated Saturday 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 and will be updated in the mornings only.

p = clinched playoff spot

d = clinched division title

If the season ended today:

  • The Orioles would host the Yankees in a one-game playoff to determine the AL East Champion on Thursday, Oct. 4.
  • Thursday's loser would host the A's in the wild-card game on Friday, Oct. 5.
  • The wild-card game winner would open at home against the Rangers in the Division Series.
  • The Tigers would open at home against the AL East Champion in the other Division Series.

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 Nationals own the tiebreaker for home-field advantage over the Reds).
  • 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.