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MLB standings 2020: Updated playoff bracket, magic numbers as of Sept. 17

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Sixteen of baseball’s 30 franchises will qualify for the 2020 postseason, which means every team within sniffing distance of the .500 mark will have at least a puncher’s chance of reaching October as we head into the final few weeks of September.

It’s a convoluted setup. If you want the full setup, this is your happy place. Here, we’re going to update the playoff seeds on a daily basis, so here’s the very basic seeding structure. 

The first three seeds (1-3) in each league will go to division winners, ordered by record. The second trio of seeds (4-6) goes to the second-place finishers in each division, ordered by record. The final two seeds (7-8) go to the two wild-card teams.

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MORE: Explaining MLB’s expanded playoff format

MLB standings 2020

American League playoff bracket

Standings updated after games on Sept. 17

  1. White Sox (C1), 33-17, .660
  2. Rays (E1), 33-18, .647
  3. A’s (W1), 31-19, .620
  4. Twins (C2), 31-21, .596 
  5. Yankees (E2), 29-21, .580
  6. Astros (W2), 25-25, .500
  7. Indians (WC2), 27-23, .540
  8. Blue Jays (WC1), 26-23, .531

American League wild-card standings

  • WC1: Indians, 27-23, .540
  • WC2: Blue Jays, 26-23, .531

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  • Mariners, 22-28, .440, 4.5 games back of second WC
  • Orioles, 22-29, .431, 5 back
  • Tigers, 21-28, .429, 5 back
  • Royals, 21-29, .420, 5.5 back
  • Angels, 21-30, .412, 6 back
  • Red Sox, 19-32, .373, 8 back
  • Rangers, 19-31, .360, 8.5 back

American League current Wild-Card Series matchups

  • No. 1 White Sox vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
  • No. 2 Rays vs. No. 7 Indians
  • No. 3 A’s vs. No. 6 Astros
  • No. 4 Twins vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League playoff bracket

Standings updated after games on Sept. 17

  1. Dodgers (W1), 36-15, .706
  2. Cubs (C1), 30-20, .600
  3. Braves (E1), 29-21, .580
  4. Padres (W2), 32-19, .627
  5. Marlins (E2), 25-23, .521
  6. Reds (C2), 25-26, .490
  7. Giants (WC2), 25-24, .510
  8. Phillies (WC1), 24-25, .490

National League wild-card standings

  • WC1: Giants, 25-24, .510
  • WC2: Phillies, 24-25, .490

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  • Cardinals, 22-24, .478, 0.5 game back of second WC
  • Brewers, 23-26, .469, 1 back
  • Mets, 23-27, .460, 1.5 back
  • Rockies, 22-27, .449, 2 back
  • Nationals, 18-29, .383, 5 back
  • Diamondbacks, 19-32, .373, 6 back
  • Pirates, 15-34, .306, 9 back

National League Wild-Card Series matchups

  • No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Phillies
  • No. 2 Cubs vs. No. 7 Giants
  • No. 3 Braves vs. No. 6 Reds
  • No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Marlins

MLB magic numbers for 2020

What is a magic number? It’s the combination of games a team needs to win and/or its closest competitor needs to lose to clinch a playoff spot. The smaller the number, the better. Because of the complicated nature of the 2020 playoff field, there are separate magic numbers to clinch a division and to clinch a wild-card spot. Info comes from @MLBMagNum on Twitter. 

Updated through games of Sept. 16

AL East
Rays, 8 for division, 3 for wild-card
Yankees, 15/6
Blue Jays, 17/8
Orioles, 21/16
Red Sox, x/20

AL Central
White Sox, 9/1
Twins, 13/3
Indians, 18/8
Tigers, 23/17
Royals, x/17

AL West
A’s, 4/3
Astros, 18/9
Mariners, 20/14
Angels, x/15
Rangers, x/18

NL East
Braves, 10 for division, 6 for wild card
Marlins, 15/10
Phillies, 16/11
Mets, 18/15
Nationals, 22/19

NL Central
Cubs, 8/4
Reds, 16/12
Brewers, 18/14
Cardinals, 19/12
Pirates, x/23

NL West
Dodgers, 6/– (clinched at least a wild-card spot)
Padres, 14/3
Giants, 22/11
Rockies, x/15
Diamondbacks, x/18

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