MLB playoff picture, standings, postseason bracket: Marlins, Reds clinch; Mets eliminated from contention

Major League Baseball’s 60-game 2020 regular season is set to wrap up this Sunday, and several spots in the expanded 16-team postseason field remain up for grabs. Things in the National League are more wide open than in the American League, but there are a handful of races to watch in the regular season’s final days. 

With that in mind, we here at CBS Sports will keep you apprised of the postseason picture on a daily basis from now through the end of the regular season. 

Here’s where things stand right now.

If the season ended today

The season does not end today, but if it did, the postseason brackets would look like this:

American League
No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
No. 2 Athletics vs. No. 7 White Sox
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League
No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Giants
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

The top three seeds are the division winners and the next three seeds are the second-place teams. The final two spots go to the remaining teams with the best records. The first round (Wild Card Series) is a best-of-three series with all three games at the higher seed’s ballpark. The second round (LDS) is a best-of-five and the final two rounds (LCS and World Series) are best-of-sevens.

Aside from locking in home-field advantage in the Wild Card Round, there is no real benefit to winning the division this season. There’s no one-and-done Wild Card Game to avoid, and even home-field advantage is less of an advantage because fans will not be allowed into ballparks during the postseason, at least during the early rounds. Batting last is a real benefit, but that’s about it for home-field advantage.

It is important to note MLB will not play any tiebreaker games this season to allow for an expedited postseason schedule. All ties with be resolved mathematically, even if two teams finish with identical records for the No. 8 seed. Here’s how MLB will break ties this year:

  1. Head-to-head record (if applicable).
  2. Intradivision record.
  3. Record in final 20 division games (plus one until the tie is broken).

MLB will play the LDS, LCS, and World Series in a bubble. The American League bubble will be in Southern California (Dodger Stadium and Petco Park) while the National League bubble will be in Texas (Globe Life Field and Minute Maid Park). The World Series will be played at the Rangers‘ Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

In the hunt

  • American League: Every team outside the top eight has been eliminated.
  • National League: Phillies (1.0 GB), Brewers (1.0 GB)

Already clinched

  • Athletics: Clinched AL West
  • Braves: Clinched NL East
  • Dodgers: Clinched NL West and number one seed
  • White Sox: Clinched postseason spot
  • Rays: Clinched AL East
  • Twins: Clinched postseason spot
  • Yankees: Clinched postseason spot
  • Padres: Clinched postseason spot
  • Cleveland: Clinched playoff spot
  • Cubs: Clinched playoff spot
  • Blue Jays: Clinched playoff spot
  • Marlins: Clinched playoff spot
  • Reds: Clinched playoff spot

MLB standings

Below are the MLB standings heading into Saturday. 

* = clinched playoff berth

1. Rays* 38 20 .655
2. Athletics* 35 22 .614
3. Twins* 35 23 .603
4. Cleveland* 34 24 .586
5. Yankees* 33 26 .559
6. Astros 29 29 .500
7. White Sox* 34 24 .586
8. Blue Jays* 30 27 .534
1. Dodgers* 41 17 .707
2. Braves* 35 23 .603
3. Cubs* 33 25 .569
4. Padres* 35 23 .603
5. Cardinals 29 27 .518
6. Marlins 30 29 .508
7. Reds 30 28 .517
8. Giants 29 29 .500
9. Phillies 28 29 .491 1.0
10. Brewers 28 30 .483 1.0

Saturday’s notable games

(All times U.S./Eastern)

  • Yankees 11, Marlins 4
  • Nationals 4, Mets 3 (Game 1)
  • Mariners at Athletics (Game 1), 4:10 p.m.
  • Athletics at Mariners (Game 2)
  • Orioles at Blue Jays, 6:37 p.m.
  • Tigers at Royals, 7:05 p.m.
  • Astros at Rangers, 7:05 p.m.
  • Phillies at Rays, 7:07 p.m.
  • Brewers at Cardinals, 7:07 p.m.
  • Pirates at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
  • Reds at Twins, 7:10 p.m.
  • Red Sox at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
  • Cubs at White Sox, 7:10 p.m.
  • Rockies at Diamondbacks, 8:10 p.m.
  • Angels at Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
  • Padres at Giants, 9:15 p.m.

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