MLB playoff picture, standings, postseason odds: Cardinals’ NL wild card lead widens, Yankees lose some ground

MLB playoff picture, standings, postseason odds: Cardinals’ NL wild card lead widens, Yankees lose some ground

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The 2021 Major League Baseball season is in its final month, and baseball’s playoff picture is starting to take shape. We officially have our first three postseason teams, as the Brewers joined the Dodgers and Giants on Saturday night. The Rays and White Sox have magic numbers in single digits, too, so clinching season is upon us. 

The wild cards in both leagues appear to be the best races, with both AL spots and the second NL spot up for grabs. On the AL side, it’s was a three-way AL East tie for two spots until only a few days ago, with the Red Sox, Yankees, and Blue Jays jockeying for position. Over in the NL, the Cardinals’ lead on the second wild card has grown to three games. 

How will these shake out? 

We’ll find out the answers before the postseason gets started Oct. 5. But it’s also worth asking, what would the MLB playoff picture look like if the season ended today? We have the answer to that question, as well as up-to-date standings and playoff odds, below.

If the season ended today

  • AL Wild Card Game: Red Sox vs. Blue Jays
  • NL Wild Card Game: Dodgers vs. Cardinals
  • ALDS: Astros vs. White Sox
  • ALDS: Rays vs. AL Wild Card Game winner
  • NLDS: Brewers vs. Braves
  • NLDS: Giants vs. NL Wild Card Game winner

MLB standings, playoff races

Here’s a look at the current standings. Division and postseason projections are via SportsLine. For expanded standings, click here.

American League standings

National League standings

MLB division odds

All odds via Caesars Sportsbook. Last updated Sept. 19.

NL East
Braves: -230
Phillies: +180
Mets: +4000

NL West
Giants: -140
Dodgers: -120

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