Will your favorite team reach the postseason? Here are the current standings in the MLB playoff race.
There are barely three weeks left in the regular season, and the race for the postseason is heating up.
The Cubs took back sole possession of the second National League wild-card spot from the Brewers on Friday night with a 17–8 win over the Pirates. Chicago and Milwaukee entered Friday tied for the second wild card, but the Brewers fell 10–0 to the Cardinals.
The American League wild-card hunt remains tight as the Athletics jumped over the Rays to claim the first spot after three consecutive wins against the Astros earlier this week. Oakland still holds a half-game lead over Tampa Bay.
The Dodgers are still the only team to clinch a playoff spot after winning their seventh straight NL West title on Tuesday night. As the end of September inches closer, who will be next to earn a playoff berth?
American League Playoff Picture:
The Yankees (97–52) hold a slight lead over the Astros and Dodgers (96–53) for the best record in baseball after beating the Blue Jays 6–5 in 12 innings on Friday night. New York can clinch the AL East division title in five games, while the Astros' magic number for the AL Central is seven.
The Rays now sit a half game behind Oakland in the second wild-card spot and have to keep an eye on the Indians, who only trail them by 1 1/2 games. Cleveland sits 4 1/2 games behind the Twins in the hunt for the AL Central division title.
National League Playoff Picture:
The Cubs, who have fallen off recently due to injuries and underperfomance, kept the Brewers at bay with a win on Friday but now must worry about other teams vying for the second NL wild card. The Phillies, Mets and Brewers are still hanging on in the wild-card race.
As far as the Mets go, they swept the Diamondbacks in a four-game series at home this week to keep their momentum going. However, they lost Friday's opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers, who could potentially derail their wild-card hunt.
In the division standings, the Braves have an 9 1/2 game lead over the Nationals, and the Cardinals remain two games ahead of Chicago.
Here's a look at the current division leaders and wild card standings (as of September 16):
• AL East: Yankees (98–53)
• AL Central: Twins (91–58)
• AL West: Astros (98–53)
AL Wild Card:
1. Athletics (90–60)
2. Rays (89–62)
• NL East: Braves (93–58); clinched playoff berth
• NL Central: Cardinals (83–66)
• NL West: Dodgers (97–54); clinched division
NL Wild Card:
1. Nationals (82–66)
2. Cubs (81–68)
*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:
• Yankees vs. wild card winner
• Astros vs. Twins
National League Division Series:
• Dodgers vs. wild card winner
• Braves vs. Cardinals