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.
With 21 regular season games left, the Dodgers have clinched the NL West. It’s the fastest they’ve wrapped up the division in their Los Angeles history (Game 141).— Rowan Kavner (@RowanKavner) September 14, 2022
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.
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
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.
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