November 29, 2022
COUNTDOWN TO THE MLB PLAYOFFS: DODGERS WIN NL 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’s games.

NL WEST

The Los Angeles Dodgers (98-43) own the best record in the sport and clinched the division title Tuesday. The San Diego Padres are the No. 3 NL wild card.

NL EAST

The New York Mets (89-55) and Atlanta Braves (88-55) are in a slugfest for the NL East, with New York a half-game ahead of Atlanta. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies (80-62) are the No. 3 NL wild card.

NL CENTRAL

The St. Louis Cardinals (84-59) 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 (76-67) are eight games out of first in the division and two games out of the wild card.

NL WILD-CARD STANDINGS

No. 1 wild card: St. Louis Cardinals

No. 2 wild card: Atlanta Braves

No. 3 wild card: Philadelphia Phillies

No. 4 wild card: San Diego Padres

AL WEST

The Houston Astros (93-50) have a firm grip on the AL West, holding a 12.5-game lead on the Seattle Mariners (80-62). Seattle is tied for the No. 3 AL wild card.

AL EAST

The New York Yankees (87-56) remain atop the AL East despite their subpar play of late, holding a six-game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays (81-62). Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays (79-63) are four games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (75-67) for the final AL wild card. 

AL CENTRAL

In a division that has changed all summer, the Cleveland Guardians (76-65) are four games ahead of the Chicago White Sox (73-70). The Minnesota Twins (71-70), who were atop the division throughout the first half, are now five games out of first.

AL WILD-CARD STANDINGS

No. 1 wild card: Cleveland Guardians

No. 2 wild card: Toronto Blue Jays

No. 3 wild card: Seattle Mariners

No. 4 wild card: Tampa Bay Rays

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