MLB postseason picture, standings, playoff bracket: Twins take control of AL Central race; Blue Jays clinch


Major League Baseball’s shortened 60-game regular season is set to wrap up this week — on Sunday — and several spots in the expanded 16-team postseason field are still up for grabs. Things in the National League are more wide open than in the American League, but there are plenty of compelling races. 

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, thankfully, but if it did, the postseason brackets would look like this:

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

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

MLB standings

Below are the MLB standings heading into Wednesday. 

* = clinched playoff berth

1. Rays* 37 20 .649
2. Athletics* 34 22 .607
3. Twins* 35 22 .614
4. White Sox* 34 23 .596
5. Yankees* 32 25 .561
6. Astros 29 28 .509
7. Cleveland* 33 24 .579
8. Blue Jays* 30 27 .526
9. Angels 26 31 .456 3.5
1. Dodgers* 40 17 .702
2. Braves* 34 23 .596
3. Cubs* 32 25 .561
4. Padres* 34 22 .607
5. Cardinals 28 26 .519
6. Marlins 29 28 .509
7. Giants 28 28 .500
8. Reds 29 28 .509
9. Phillies 28 29 .491 0.5
10. Brewers 27 29 .482 1.0
11. Mets 26 31 .456 2.5
12. Rockies 25 31 .446 6.0

Friday’s notable games

(All times U.S./Eastern)

  • Brewers at Cardinals, 5:15 p.m. (Game 1 of doubleheader)
  • Mets at Nationals, 6:05 p.m.
  • Orioles at Blue Jays, 6:37 p.m.
  • Phillies at Rays, 6:40 p.m.
  • Rockies at Diamondbacks, 6:40 p.m. (Game 1 of doubleheader)
  • Marlins at Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
  • Padres at Giants, 7:10 p.m. (Game 1 of doubleheader)
  • Pirates at Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.
  • Red Sox at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
  • Tigers at Royals, 8:05 p.m.
  • Astros at Rangers, 8:05 p.m.
  • Cubs at White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
  • Reds at Twins, 8:10 p.m.
  • Brewers at Cardinals (Game 2 of doubleheader), 8:15 p.m.
  • Angels at Dodgers, 9:40 p.m.
  • Rockies at Diamondbacks (Game 2 of doubleheader), 9:40 p.m.
  • Mariners at Athletics, 9:40 p.m.
  • Giants at Padres, 10:10 p.m. (Game 2 of doubleheader)





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