October is correct across the nook. Questioning which groups will probably be enjoying within the 2021 MLB playoffs? Effectively, we’re about to search out out.
With the ultimate stretch of the Main League Baseball season in full swing, groups are on the brink of clinch postseason berths — whether or not it is a division crown and a straight journey to the division sequence, or one in all two wild-card spots to face single-game elimination play. Both manner, satisfaction — and home-field benefit — is at stake.
Whereas groups seem to have their divisions locked down, the wild-card race is broad open and can probably come all the way down to the ultimate week — and even the ultimate weekend — of the common season, which ends Sunday, Oct. 3. Or we might have some bonus baseball on Oct. 4 if there are tiebreakers to be performed heading into the postseason.
Beneath, we check out the most recent within the playoff races in each the American League and Nationwide League, beginning with who has clinched a postseason spot, who can clinch subsequent and upcoming sequence to look at. (Examine again every day as we proceed to replace the playoff image.)
Who has already clinched a playoff spot?
Baseball’s two greatest groups are formally in. The San Francisco Giants clinched no less than a wild-card spot with a 9-1 win over the Padres on Monday. The Giants are nonetheless locked in a battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the Nationwide League West, however the groups with the 2 greatest information in Main League Baseball thus far this season are each assured a playoff spot, because the Dodgers clinched their very own berth with an 8-4 win over the D-backs on Tuesday. The one query: Which crew will go straight to the division sequence and which one will face a wild-card elimination sport?
Who can clinch a playoff spot subsequent?
The Milwaukee Brewers’ magic quantity to clinch the NL Central is 5.
Key sequence to look at this weekend
San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals: After successful two of three in opposition to the Cincinnati Reds final weekend, the Playing cards swept the Mets and are actually the main contender for the second NL wild-card spot. Proper behind them? That may be the Padres.
Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Purple Sox and New York Yankees (all at house): The groups they’re dealing with — the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, respectively — aren’t a draw. However with the three AL East rivals neck-and-neck within the wild-card chase and enjoying concurrently, that is what streaming was made for.
If the season ended right this moment …
This is what the playoff area would seem like if the season ended right this moment (tiebreakers excluded):
East champ: Tampa Bay Rays
Central champ: Chicago White Sox
West champ: Houston Astros
Wild-cards: Boston Purple Sox/Toronto Blue Jays (tied)
East champ: Atlanta Braves
Central champ: Milwaukee Brewers
West champ: San Francisco Giants z
First wild-card: Los Angeles Dodgers z
Second wild-card: St. Louis Cardinals
z – clinched playoff berth
Wild-card spherical (single-game elimination)
AL: Tuesday, Oct. 5
NL: Wednesday, Oct. 6
Division sequence (greatest of 5)
ALDS A & B
Recreation 1: Thursday, Oct. 7
Recreation 2: Friday, Oct. 8
Recreation 3: Sunday, Oct. 10
Recreation 4: Monday, Oct. 11*
Recreation 5: Wednesday, Oct. 13*
NLDS A & B
Recreation 1: Friday, Oct. 8
Recreation 2: Saturday, Oct. 9
Recreation 3: Monday, Oct. 11
Recreation 4: Tuesday, Oct. 12*
Recreation 5: Thursday, Oct. 14*
Championship sequence (better of seven)
Recreation 1: Friday, Oct. 15
Recreation 2: Saturday, Oct. 16
Recreation 3: Monday, Oct. 18
Recreation 4: Tuesday, Oct. 19
Recreation 5: Wednesday, Oct. 20*
Recreation 6: Friday, Oct. 22*
Recreation 7: Saturday, Oct. 23*
Recreation 1: Saturday, Oct. 16
Recreation 2: Sunday, Oct. 17
Recreation 3: Tuesday, Oct. 19
Recreation 4: Wednesday, Oct. 20
Recreation 5: Thursday, Oct. 21*
Recreation 6: Saturday, Oct. 23*
Recreation 7: Sunday, Oct. 24*
World Sequence (better of seven)
Recreation 1: Tuesday, Oct. 26
Recreation 2: Wednesday, Oct. 27
Recreation 3: Friday, Oct. 29
Recreation 4: Saturday, Oct. 30
Recreation 5: Sunday, Oct. 31*
Recreation 6: Tuesday, Nov. 2*
Recreation 7: Wednesday, Nov. 3*
* If obligatory