MLB Match Picture: Standings, Current Matches, Predictions, New Postseason Baseball Format Explained

Now that the 2022 season for Major League Baseball has advanced into September, most of the focus is on racing on the playoff sidewalks. While the extended drive we’ve dipped our toes into may not be the most gripping we’re seeing, it still hangs somewhat in the balance.

In terms of division races, the Central American League is the most intense at the moment. At the moment, only two games separate the top three teams in the division – Cleveland GuardiansThe Minnesota Twinsand the Chicago White Sox – And thanks to the generally disappointing nature of the division, the two losing teams likely won’t have a significant place to fall back.

Elsewhere, the file New York Yankees Despite the steep odds, it has slipped its way into the contested Eastern American League race with Tampa Bay Rays. In the National League, the NL East is the must-see, as New York Mets Weak progress on the hero Atlanta Braves.

On the wild front, the Toronto Blue Jays And the Baltimore Orioles Looks like he’s ready for a deadly struggle for the third and final MLS berth, Rays and Seattle Mariners The top two occupants are not so secure that they can lighten the rest of the way. In the Great Arena, there are three teams – the San Diego PadresAnd the Philadelphia PhyllisAnd the Milwaukee Brewers The fencing on the last two berths. Brewers are working from behind and have been struggling for some time.

Now let’s move on to the detailed standings, current matches, and post-season probabilities, and let’s also remember that the post-season structure is different starting this year.

The new 12-team format

During recent negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, players and owners agreed to a new and expanded post-season structure going forward. This new structure begins with the current season, and here’s a reminder of how it works.

  • Postseason field grows from 10 teams to 12 teams with an additional wild card player added in each league.
  • The Wild Card Game has been replaced by the better of the three Wild Card Series, which serves as the first round of play. The top ranked in each Wild Card series will host all games of that series, be it two or three games max.
  • The two first division winners in each league, as determined by the best overall record during the regular season, receive a first round. This means that they advance directly to the best of five division series which acts as the second round.
  • The four participants in the wild card round in each league include the division winner with the worst record among the division winners and three non-division winners with the best records. This winning division is automatically ranked #3 regardless of whether one or all of the other wild card teams have a better record.
  • To sum up, here’s how the playoffs rankings work in each league – Top seed (goodbye to LDS): the league’s best record; Ranked #2 (Farewell to LDS): second-best record among divisional winners; Ranked #3: Record third best among class winners. Ranked #4: best record among wild card teams; Ranked #5: 2nd best record among wild card teams; Ranked #6: 3rd best record among wild card teams.

The League Championship and World Championship remain the best of seven series with the home field advantage going to the team with the best record in each series. Note that there is no replanting after any round.

I understood you? Now that’s where things stand now when it comes to racing these anchors and seeds.

If the season ends today…

American League

  • Bye: No. 1 Astros#2 Yankees
  • Wild Card Series: No. 4 Rays vs. No. 5 Mariners
  • Wild Card Series: No. 3 Guardians vs. No. 6 Blue Jays

National League

  • Bye: No. 1 DodgersNo. 2 Mets
  • Wild Card Series: No. 4 Braves vs No. 5 Padres
  • Wild Card Series: No. 3 basics Against No. 6 Phyllis

MLB . Ranking

(Post-season predictions taken from SportsLine; extended standings can be viewed over here)

MLB Wild Card Ranking