Deciding scenarios, arc and timeline

There are still weeks left to go in the MLB 2022 regular season, but quite a few teams – especially the Los Angeles Dodgers – are already looking towards October.

The Dodgers, along with the Houston Astros, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves, to name a few, are on track to secure a post-season berth sooner than their peers. Meanwhile, clubs like the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres are vying for the remaining spots.

Besides the division races, there are many more storylines to watch as the regular season ends and October begins, such as Seattle’s attempt to break a 21-year drought, Aaron JudgeThe race to 62 home runs and Albert PujolsFind 700 home jobs.

Where do the current qualifying matches stand? What series should you watch out for next week? How can the Dodgers be the first team to snatch a post-season berth? What does the match schedule look like? We’ve got everything you need to know as the regular season comes to an end.

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What are the MLB playoffs for the current month of October as they are now?

American League

Wild Card Tour: (6) Blue Jays in (3) Guardians, (5) Rays in (4) Sailors

ALDS: Blue Jays / Guardians vs. (2) Yankees and Rays/Mariners vs. (1) Astros

National League

Wild Card Tour: (6) Phillies v (3) Cardinals, (5) Padres v (4) Braves

NLDS: Phillies / Cardinals vs. (2) Mets, Padres / Braves vs. (1) Dodgers


Who can decide a playoff next?

Los Angeles Dodgers

With a comfortable lead over the Astros for the best MLB record, the Dodgers are on the cusp of becoming the first team to punch the MLB playoffs of the year. The Los Angeles team could clinch the post-season berth on Saturday if:

  • The Dodgers win Friday and Saturday in San Diego and the Brewers lose Friday or Saturday to Cincinnati;

  • The Dodgers win Friday or Saturday in San Diego and the Brewers lose Friday and Saturday to Cincinnati


Next main series

Rise at Yankees: September 9-11

Having held a 15-game lead in the AL East, the Yankees are only now trying to hold off Rai over recent weeks as the teams meet in New York. The three-game series is the last between these two teams, before New York faces Boston, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. Tampa Bay is currently ranked #1 in the wild card category.

Twins in Guardians: September 9-11

The Guardians and Twins swapped positions at the top of AL Central, and although Cleveland had a chance to drop out in the race, Minnesota — and Chicago — kept that race close. This three-game series is the first of two upcoming series between the two teams as they compete for the division title, with the White Sox also currently in the mix.

Sailors in Braves: September 9-11

Every game matters to Atlanta as it tries to take first place in the NL East from the Mets. While New York once had a leadership lead, the Braves caught up thanks to the second half of the season. The Mariners are in the midst of an AL wild-Card race as they try to clinch their first berth since 2001.

The Dodgers of Padres: September 9-11

The Dodgers are on the cusp of clinching their 10th consecutive berth after the season and are looking to reclaim their second world title since 1988. While Padres won’t be able to take the class from Los Angeles, they are fighting to hold onto the current sixth. seeded, which will mark their second playoff appearance since 2006. This three-game series is the first of two sets that these two rivals will play in the NL West this month.


Match schedule

wild card tour
Top three, all matches on the top seed court

First match: Friday 7 October
Game Two: Saturday, October 8
Third game: Sunday 9 October *

Partition String
top five

ALDS
First match: Tuesday, October 11th
Game Two: Thursday, October 13th
Third match: Saturday 15 October
Fourth game: Sunday 16 October *
Fifth game: Monday 17 October *

NLDS
First match: Tuesday, October 11th
Game Two: Thursday, October 13th
Third match: Saturday 15 October
Fourth game: Sunday 16 October *
Fifth game: Monday 17 October *

Partition String
top five

ALCS
First match: Wednesday, October 19th
Game Two: Thursday, October 20
Third match: Saturday 22 October
Fourth game: Sunday, October 23
Game 5: Monday, October 24 *
Sixth game: Tuesday 25 October *
Game 7: Wednesday 26 October *

NLCS
First match: Tuesday, October 18
Second match: Wednesday, October 19
Third match: Friday, October 21
Fourth game: Saturday 22 October
Game 5: Monday, October 24 *
Sixth game: Tuesday 25 October *
Game 7: Wednesday 26 October *

World Championship
best seven

First match: Friday, October 28
Second match: Saturday 29 October
Third game: Monday, October 31
Fourth match: Tuesday, November 1
Game 5: Wednesday 2 November *
Game 6: Friday 4 November *
Game 7: Saturday 5 November *

* If necessary