MLB wild card standings: Magic numbers, MLB playoff odds as Braves clinch postseason berth


The 2019 regular season is in its final weeks, and that means the focus is squarely on the various and sundry playoff races. To get you in that high-stakes mindset, we’ve got our daily postseason reset below. Therein you’ll find where each and every race stands as the day’s MLB slate begins. We’ll also keep running tabs on which teams have been eliminated from playoff contention. Onward!

If the season ended today …

In the event of a tie for the a division crown or the second wild-card playoff spot, the two teams would play a one-game tiebreaker to determine the winner. There are more complicated tiebreaker scenarios for three- and four-team ties.

National League
 NL Wild Card Game: Cubs at Nationals (Tuesday, Oct. 1)
· NLDS: Wild Card Game winner at Dodgers; Cardinals at Braves (begins Thursday, Oct. 3)  

American League
 AL Wild Card Game: Rays at Athletics (Wednesday, Oct. 2)
· ALDS: Wild Card Game winner at Astros; Twins at Yankees (begins Friday, Oct. 4)

For a complete look at the postseason schedule, click here.

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Division leaders and race for home-field advantage

National League
 NL East: Braves (93-58) | Magic number: 4
· NL Central: Cardinals (83-66) | Magic number: 12
· NL West: Dodgers (97-54) | Clinched

American League
 NL East: Yankees (98-53) | Magic number: 3
 NL Central: Twins (91-58) | Magic number: 9
· NL West: Astros (98-53) | Magic number: 5

In each playoff series, the team with the better record earns the right to play a decisive Game 5 (in LDS play) or Game 7 (in LCS and World Series play) at home. As such, the team with the best overall record in MLB gains home-field advantage throughout the postseason. As you can see above, the Yankees and Astros have identical records, but because Houston won the season series (4-3), they would get the No. 1 seed and thus homefield advantage.

To break any ties for home-field advantage, head-to-head records are used. If that doesn’t do the trick, then records versus divisional opponents and records versus league opponents (i.e. NL team vs. NL opponents and AL team vs. AL opponents) are used, in that order.

Race for wild card spots

For a look at the wild card standings, click here.

National League
 Wild card No. 1: Nationals (82-66) | SportsLine’s postseason odds: 86.5 percent   
· Wild card No. 2: Cubs (81-68) | SportsLine’s postseason odds: 50.3 percent
· Teams on the outside looking in: Brewers (80-69 1 GB), Mets (77-72, 4 GB), Phillies (76-72, 4 1/2 GB), Diamondbacks (76-74, 5 1/2 GB)

American League
 Wild card No. 1: Athletics (90-60) | SportsLine’s postseason odds: 96.3 percent
· Wild card No. 2: Rays (89-62) | SportsLine’s postseason odds: 79 percent
· Teams on the outside looking in: Indians (87-63, 1 1/2 GB)

Teams clinched

National League
 Dodgers, NL West title | SportsLine’s World Series odds: 25.6 percent
· Braves, postseason berth | SportsLine’s World Series odds: 7.1 percent

American League

Teams eliminated from postseason contention

National League
· Rockies
· Pirates

American League
· Blue Jays    
· Mariners  
· Orioles  
· Rangers
· Royals 
· Tigers    
· White Sox

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