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With just over per month remaining in the 2022 MLB season, the playoff picture is starting to gain clarity.
Four of the six division leaders have at the very least a five-game lead through Sunday’s action. Despite having a supplementary wild card in each league, only 1 team in the National League that isn’t in today’s playoff bracket is at five games of a wild-card spot. Only two teams chasing a wild-card spot in the American League are within five games.
There’s still the opportunity for all those down in the standings to meet up with a solid September, but time is running out.
This is a consider the postseason bracket by Aug. 28, combined with the latest standings.
Current Playoff Picture
No. 1 seed: Houston Astros (82-47), first-round bye
No. 2 seed: NY Yankees (78-50), first-round bye
No. 3 seed: Cleveland Guardians (67-59) vs. No. 6 seed: Toronto Blue Jays (68-58)
No. 4 seed: Tampa Bay Rays (70-57) vs. No. 5 seed: Seattle Mariners (70-58)
No. 1 seed: LA Dodgers (88-38), first-round bye
No. 2 seed: NY Mets (82-47), first-round bye
No. 3 seed: St. Louis Cardinals (73-54) vs. No. 6 seed: NORTH PARK Padres (70-59)
No. 4 seed: Atlanta Braves (79-49) vs. No. 5 seed: Philadelphia Phillies (72-56)
- NY Yankees: 78-50
- Tampa Bay Rays: 70-57, 7.5 GB
- Toronto Blue Jays: 68-58, 9.0 GB
- Baltimore Orioles: 67-60, 10.5 GB
- Boston Red Sox: 62-66, 16.0 GB
- Cleveland Guardians: 67-59
- Minnesota Twins: 65-61, 2.0 GB
- Chicago White Sox: 63-65, 5.0 GB
- Kansas City Royals: 52-77, 16.5 GB
- Detroit Tigers: 50-78, 18.0 GB
- Houston Astros: 82-47
- Seattle Mariners: 70-58, 11.5 GB
- Texas Rangers: 58-69, 23.0 GB
- LA Angels: 55-73, 26.5 GB
- Oakland Athletics: 48-81, 34.0 GB
- NY Mets: 82-47
- Atlanta Braves: 79-49, 2.5 GB
- Philadelphia Phillies: 72-56, 9.5 GB
- Miami Marlins: 55-72, 26.0 GB
- Washington Nationals: 43-85, 38.5 GB
- St. Louis Cardinals: 73-54
- Milwaukee Brewers: 67-59, 5.5 GB
- Chicago Cubs: 55-73, 18.5 GB
- Cincinnati Reds: 50-76, 22.5 GB
- Pittsburgh Pirates: 48-79, 25.0 GB
- LA Dodgers: 88-38
- NORTH PARK Padres: 70-59, 19.5 GB
- SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Giants: 61-65, 27 GB
- Arizona Diamondbacks: 59-67, 29 GB
- Colorado Rockies: 55-74, 34.5 GB
Perception can transform quickly in baseball, and the brand new York Yankees showcased a significant turnaround in the last week.
The sky was falling for a lot of the second 1 / 2 of the entire year for the Bronx Bombers, losing 20 of the initial 29 games following the All-Star break. The squad then turned things around with six straight wins the other day, including two on the cross-town rival NY Mets, but still have a 7.5-game lead in the AL East.
Back-to-back losses to the Oakland Athletics won’t review well with the fanbase, however the squad continues to be poised to win the division and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs. If the talented roster can change it on from there, that is still an obvious title contender.
The LA Dodgers and Houston Astros may also be well on the solution to a first-round bye, building double-digit leads within their division. Both squads have plenty of playoff experienceeach with three league titles and a global Series championship since 2017plus they shouldn’t decelerate even with the brand new playoff format. The bye should only give a supplementary advantage to the elite teams.
The battle for the fourth bye may be the best race to view down the stretch of the growing season.
The Mets have held off the Atlanta Braves for a lot of the season, however the defending champions clearly aren’t backing down with a solid second 1 / 2 of the entire year.
Both teams are anticipated to help make the playoffs with FanGraphs giving each 100 percent probability of a postseason berth. The division title could be important because the difference between a No. 2 seed and a No. 4 seed. The next seed gets a bye, as the fourth must play a supplementary best-of-three wild-card series with a likely date with the Dodgers in the division series.
The battle could drop to the penultimate group of the growing season, Mets at Braves from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2.
In the wild-card races, the Milwaukee Brewers are chasing the NORTH PARK Padres in the NL, as the Baltimore Orioles are simply 1.5 behind the Toronto Blue Jays for the ultimate AL spot.