MLB’s abbreviated 60-game common season ends on Sunday, Sept. 27, and a number of other spots within the expanded 16-team postseason area stay up for grabs. Issues within the Nationwide League are somewhat extra broad 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 maintain you apprised of the postseason image each day from now via the tip of the common season. Here 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 appear to be this:

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

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

The high three seeds are the division winners and the following three seeds are the second-place groups. The ultimate two spots go to the remaining groups with one of the best data. The primary spherical (Wild Card Spherical) is a best-of-three collection with all three video games on the increased 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.

Other than 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 in the course of the postseason. Batting final is an actual profit, however that is about it for home-field benefit.

It is very important 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 an identical data for the No. 8 seed. Here is how MLB will break ties this 12 months:

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

MLB is reportedly wanting right into a bubble state of affairs for all or a part of the postseason, doubtlessly in Southern California and/or Texas. MLBPA participant rep Zack Britton just lately instructed reporters, including Erik Boland of Newsday, that MLB has not but introduced the union with any plans for a impartial website postseason.

Nonetheless within the hunt

At this level the Orioles and Tigers are the solely American League groups outdoors the highest eight with a sensible likelihood to qualify for the postseason. They’re each three video games behind Toronto for the No. 8 seed in the mean time. The Mariners (4 GB) are the one different American League staff inside 5 video games of a postseason spot.

Within the Nationwide League 4 groups are inside two video games of the No. 8 seed (however no others are inside 4 video games), and the No. 8 seed appears to vary each day. It was the Brewers going into Saturday’s motion. By the tip of the evening, it was the Rockies. The ultimate few Nationwide League postseason spots determine to be probably the most thrilling races the remainder of the way in which.

MLB standings

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

American League

Nationwide League

Sunday’s notable video games

  • Brewers at Cleveland, 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 p.m. ET
  • Phillies at Mets, 1:10 p.m. ET
  • Marlins at Rays, 1:10 p.m. ET
  • Blue Jays at Pink Sox, 1:35 p.m. ET
  • Reds at Pirates, 1:35 p.m. ET
  • White Sox at Royals, 2:05 p.m. ET
  • Tigers at Twins, 2:10 p.m. ET
  • Diamondbacks at Giants, 4:05 p.m. ET
  • Cardinals at Cubs, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Rockies at Dodgers, 10:10 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 ordinary this time of 12 months. That is a very good factor! That is what MLB needs, extra groups within the race and extra compelling video games down the stretch. This each day checklist will inevitably shrink as groups clinch postseason spots or are eradicated.

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