MLB playoff bracket if the season ended today, September 18

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If the baseball season ended on Sept. 18, 2021, the playoff field would be decided by an absolute frenzy on Saturday night.

The Wild Card standings are likely not to be decided until the season’s final days. Meanwhile, the divisions, in some cases, are relatively set.

With that being said, here’s what the playoff bracket would look like if the season ended (looks at watch) this very second.

National League Field 

  • NL Wild Card Game: St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers
  • NL Division Series: Winner of St. Louis Cardinals/Los Angeles Dodgers at (1) San Francisco Giants
  • NL Division Series: (3) Atlanta Braves at (2) Milwaukee Brewers

American League Field

  • AL Wild Card Game: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays
  • AL Division Series: Winner of Boston Red Sox/Toronto Blue Jays at (1) Tampa Bay Rays
  • AL Division Series: (3) Chicago White Sox at (2) Houston Astros

Wild Card Hunt:

  • AL: Yankees, Athletics, Mariners
  • NL: Padres, Reds, Phillies, Mets

MLB Wild Card Standings

The Wild Card race in both leagues is almost as close as you can get. Let’s take a look at the AL and NL, respectively.

In the American League, the Red Sox and Blue Jays hold a narrow lead over the Yankees. Toronto is up a half-game on New York after the Yankees lost to Cleveland on Saturday. Meanwhile the Red Sox hold only a one-game lead on the Blue Jays for the No. 1 Wild Card spot, which determines home-field advantage in the Wild Card Game.

In the National League, the Dodgers have a stranglehold on the No. 1 Wild Card spot, with a 16.5-game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals. They will host the Wild Card Game. The Cardinals, meanwhile, hold a 1.5-game lead over the San Diego Padres (who they are ironically playing this weekend) and the Cincinnati Reds. The Phillies are 2.5 games back, while the Mets’ chances are fading, as they face a six-game deficit.

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