MLB’s abbreviated 60-game common season ends on Sunday, Sept. 27. A number of spots within the expanded 16-team postseason area stay up for grabs. Issues within the Nationwide League are somewhat extra extensive open than they’re within the American League, however there are many compelling races in every league.

With that in thoughts, we right here at CBS Sports activities will preserve you apprised of the postseason image every day from now by the top of the common season. This is the place issues stand proper now.

If the season ended right this moment

The season doesn’t finish right this moment, fortunately, but when it did, the postseason brackets would seem like this:

American League
No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Yankees
No. 2 White Sox vs. No. 7 Twins
No. 3 Athletics vs. No. 6 Astros
No. 4 Cleveland vs. No. 5 Blue Jays

Nationwide League
No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Giants
No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Rockies
No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Phillies
No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

The high three seeds are the division winners and the subsequent three seeds are the second-place groups. The ultimate two spots go to the remaining groups with the perfect information. The primary spherical (Wild Card Spherical) is a best-of-three sequence with all three video games on the larger seed’s ballpark. The second spherical (LDS) is a best-of-five and the ultimate two rounds (LCS and World Sequence) are best-of-sevens.

Except for locking in home-field benefit within the Wild Card Spherical, there isn’t a actual profit to successful the division this season. There isn’t any one-and-done Wild Card Recreation to keep away from, and even home-field benefit is much less of a bonus as a result of followers is not going to be allowed into ballparks throughout the postseason. Batting final is an actual profit, however that is about it for home-field benefit.

You will need to word MLB is not going to play any tiebreaker video games this season to permit for an expedited postseason schedule. All ties with be resolved mathematically, even when two groups end with similar information for the No. 8 seed. This is how MLB will break ties this yr:

  1. Head-to-head report (if relevant).
  2. Intradivision report.
  3. Document in last 20 division video games (plus one till the tie is damaged).

MLB is reportedly trying right into a bubble state of affairs for all or a part of the postseason, probably in Southern California and/or Texas. MLBPA participant rep Zack Britton not too long ago informed reporters, including Erik Boland of Newsday, that MLB has not but offered the union with any plans for a impartial website postseason.

Nonetheless within the hunt

  • American League: Orioles (2 GB), Tigers (2 GB), Mariners (3 GB)
  • Nationwide League: Marlins (0 GB, out on pct. factors), Mets (1 GB), Brewers (1 GB), Reds (2 GB)

MLB standings

Under are the MLB standings heading into Sunday. Division title and postseason percentages are from SportsLine.

American League

Nationwide League

Monday’s notable video games

  • Marlins at Braves, 1:10 p.m. ET 
  • Phillies at Mets, 1:10 p.m. ET 
  • Tigers at Twins, 2:10 p.m. ET 
  • Cardinals at Cubs, 4:10 p.m. ET 
  • Yankees at Blue Jays, 6:37 p.m. ET 
  • Astros at Athletics, 9:10 p.m. ET 
  • Rockies at Padres, 9:10 p.m ET

As a result of greater than half the league will qualify for the playoffs this season, there are extra video games related to the postseason races on the schedule than normal this time of yr. That is a great factor! That is what MLB needs, extra groups within the race and extra compelling video games down the stretch. This each day record will inevitably shrink as groups clinch postseason spots or are eradicated.

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