Countdown to the MLB Playoffs: Astros clinch AL West

The hunt to play baseball in October is heating up.

There are a handful of MLB division races that could come down to the wire, and each wild-card spot is still up for grabs.

Here’s where the playoff race stands in both leagues through Tuesday evening.


The Los Angeles Dodgers (103-45) own the best record in the sport and clinched the division title last Tuesday. The San Diego Padres (82-66) are the No. 3 wild-card seed.


The New York Mets (95-55) and Atlanta Braves (93-55) are in a slugfest for the NL East, with New York a game ahead of Atlanta. The Mets clinched a playoff berth — but not the division — with their win on Monday night. The Braves clinched a playoff spot with their win on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies (80-67) are the No. 4 NL wild card.


The St. Louis Cardinals (87-62) have been one of the hottest teams since the All-Star break and subsequently powered themselves to the top of the NL Central. On the other hand, the Milwaukee Brewers (78-70) are 8.5 games out of first in the division and 2.5 games out of the wild card.


No. 1 wild card: St. Louis Cardinals

No. 2 wild card: Atlanta Braves

No. 3 wild card: San Diego Padres

No. 4 wild card: Philadelphia Phillies


The Houston Astros (98-51) clinched the AL West with a 4-0 victory on Monday. Dusty Baker’s club now holds a 16-game lead on the Seattle Mariners (81-66). The Mariners are the No. 4 AL wild card.


The New York Yankees (89-58) remain atop the AL East despite their subpar play of late, holding a 5.5-game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays (84-64). Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays (82-66) are 5.5 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (76-71).


In a division that has changed all summer, the Cleveland Guardians (81-67) are five games ahead of the Chicago White Sox (76-72). The Minnesota Twins (73-75), who were atop the division throughout the first half, are now eight games out of first.


No. 1 wild card: Cleveland Guardians

No. 2 wild card: Toronto Blue Jays

No. 3 wild card: Tampa Bay Rays

No. 4 wild card: Seattle Mariners

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