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 four postseason teams, as the White Sox on Thursday joined the Giants, Dodgers, Brewers, and Rays. The Astros will likely be the next to join them.
The AL wild card is now the best race. The Red Sox are in the top spot, a game clear of the Yankees, who are in turn two games ahead of the Blue Jays and Mariners in the race for the second and final AL wild card spot. Fittingly, the Yankees and Red Sox began a key three-game series at Fenway on Friday.
So how will all this 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.
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If the season ended today
- AL Wild Card Game: Red Sox vs. Yankees
- 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
Teams who clinched
- Giants (clinched playoff spot)
- Dodgers (clinched playoff spot)
- Brewers (clinched playoff spot)
- Rays (clinched playoff spot)
- White Sox (clinched AL Central)
MLB standings, playoff races
American League standings
National League standings
MLB division odds
All odds via Caesars Sportsbook. Last updated Sept. 24.
2021 MLB postseason gear now available
The 2021 MLB Playoffs start Oct. 5 and 6 with the AL and NL Wild Card games. In celebration, 2021 MLB postseason gear is now available for select teams. Shop hoodies, shirts, and more here.
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