It is officially clinching season across MLB as baseball’s best teams vie to lock up division titles and wild-card hopefuls look to earn a place in October. As the race to the finish heats up and magic numbers shrink, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about which teams have punched their postseason tickets, who could be popping the champagne next and which races could come down to the very end of the regular season.
Playoff matchups if the season ended today
Who is already in
The Dodgers clinched the season’s first postseason spot with a win against the Orioles on Sept. 10 in Baltimore, earning their seventh consecutive NL West title.
Those seven straight division wins rank behind only those of the 1991-2005 Braves and 1998-2006 Yankees for most in the divisional era (since 1969). This time around, the Dodgers tied for the fourth-fewest games needed to clinch a division since 2000 and the earliest they secured a division crown since their move to L.A.
What’s next? The Dodgers lead Atlanta for the NL’s top record and remain in a tight race with the Yankees and Astros for the best record in baseball — and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.
With their 10-1 win over the Nationals on Saturday, the Braves earned a return to the postseason for a second straight year.
What’s next? With a playoff return wrapped up, next for Atlanta is securing a second straight NL East title. The Braves’ magic number to clinch the NL East is down to two.
The Astros clinched at least a wild-card spot by beating the Rangers 3-2 Wednesday night for their 100th win of the season. Houston, which is in the postseason for the fourth time in five years, is the sixth team in MLB history to win at least 100 games in three straight seasons. The Astros also are the first team to have three straight 100-win seasons in the same decade they had three 100-loss seasons (2011-13).
What’s next? The Astros’ magic number to clinch their third straight AL West title is two. Houston also is trying to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, holding a one-game lead over the Yankees.
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Who could be next
New York Yankees
New York’s magic number to win the AL East is down to one, so one more Yankees win or a Tampa Bay loss does the trick.