The 2019 regular season is in its final week, and that means the focus is squarely on the various and sundry playoff races. To get you in that high-stakes mindset, we’ve got our daily postseason reset below. Therein you’ll find where each and every race stands as the day’s MLB slate begins. We’ll also keep running tabs on which teams have been eliminated from playoff contention. Onward!
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In the event of a tie for the a division crown or the second wild-card playoff spot, the two teams would play a one-game tiebreaker to determine the winner. There are more complicated tiebreaker scenarios for three- and four-team ties.
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Division leaders and race for home-field advantage
· NL East: Braves (96-61) | Clinched
· NL Central: Cardinals (89-67) | Magic number: 4
· NL West: Dodgers (100-56) | Clinched
· AL East: Yankees (102-55) | Clinched
· AL Central: Twins (96-60) | Magic number: 3
· AL West: Astros (102-54) | Clinched
In each playoff series, the team with the better record earns the right to play a decisive Game 5 (in LDS play) or Game 7 (in LCS and World Series play) at home. As such, the team with the best overall record in MLB gains home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The Astros currently hold a slim lead over the Yankees for the best record in baseball. It is worth nothing Houston won the season series (4-3) and owns the home-field advantage tiebreaker.
To break any ties for home-field advantage, head-to-head records are used. If that doesn’t do the trick, then records versus divisional opponents and records versus league opponents (i.e. NL team vs. NL opponents and AL team vs. AL opponents) are used, in that order.
Race for wild card spots
For a look at the wild card standings, click here.
· Wild card No. 1: Nationals (86-69) | SportsLine’s postseason odds: 96.7 percent
Wild card No. 2: Brewers (86-70) | SportsLine’s postseason odds: 99.8 percent
· Teams on the outside looking in: Cubs (82-74, 4 GB), Mets (81-75, 5 GB), Diamondbacks (80-76, 6 GB), Phillies (79-76, 6 1/2 GB)
· Wild card No. 1: Athletics (94-62) | SportsLine’s postseason odds: 98.4 percent
· Wild card No. 2: Rays (93-64) | SportsLine’s postseason odds: 81.9 percent
· Teams on the outside looking in: Indians (92-64) | SportsLine’s postseason odds: 19.3 percent
· Dodgers, NL West title | SportsLine’s World Series odds: 27.9 percent
· Braves, NL East title | SportsLine’s World Series odds: 8.3 percent
· Cardinals, postseason berth | SportsLine’s World Series odds: 6.1 percent
· Yankees, AL East title | SportsLine’s World Series odds: 13 percent
· Astros, AL West title | SportsLine’s World Series odds: 29.8 percent
Teams eliminated from postseason contention