October is true across the nook. Questioning which groups can be enjoying within the 2021 MLB playoffs? Properly, we’re about to seek out out.
With the ultimate stretch of the Main League Baseball season in full swing, groups are on the point of clinch postseason berths — whether or not it is a division crown and a straight journey to the division sequence, or certainly one of two wild-card spots to face single-game elimination play. Both means, delight — and home-field benefit — is at stake.
Whereas groups seem to have their divisions locked down, the wild-card race is huge open and can possible come right down to the ultimate week — and even the ultimate weekend — of the common season, which ends Sunday, Oct. 3. Or we might have some bonus baseball on Oct. 4 if there are tiebreakers to be performed heading into the postseason.
Beneath, we check out the most recent within the playoff races in each the American League and Nationwide League, beginning with who has clinched a postseason spot, who can clinch subsequent and upcoming sequence to observe. (Test again every day as we proceed to replace the playoff image.)
Key hyperlinks: Full MLB standings | Wild-card standings | Breaking down the wild-card contenders (ESPN+) | Our September predictions
Who has already clinched a playoff spot?
Nobody … but.
Who can clinch a playoff spot subsequent?
That might be the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are nonetheless locked in a battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the Nationwide League West, however because the groups with the 2 greatest information in Main League Baseball thus far this season, they’re each nearly assured a playoff spot — the one query is which group will go straight to the division sequence and which one will face a wild-card elimination sport.
The Giants’ magic quantity to clinch at the least an NL wild-card spot is simply two — they will wrap it up with a victory Monday evening over the San Diego Padres, who’re additionally within the operating for a wild-card spot.
Different groups near clinching
Talking of the Dodgers, their magic quantity to clinch a playoff spot is 4. The Milwaukee Brewers’ magic quantity to clinch the NL Central is 5.
Key sequence to observe this week
San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants: See above.
Boston Pink Sox at Seattle Mariners: Shocking Seattle is now a legit wild-card risk, whereas Boston entered the week tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for the highest spot within the American League wild-card chase. Boston might ship Seattle reeling, or the Mariners might achieve floor. Both means, any sequence between a pair of wild-card contenders is an important one. As for the opposite AL wild-card hopefuls: Toronto is enjoying the first-place Tampa Bay Rays this week, which might sluggish the Jays’ current momentum, whereas the New York Yankees and Oakland A’s have what ought to be straightforward sequence in opposition to the last-place Baltimore Orioles and lowly Kansas Metropolis Royals, respectively.
St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets: As said, any wild-card matchup is a must-watch sequence. These groups start the week on the outskirts of the NL wild-card race, which implies one might play spoiler to the opposite.
Wild-card spherical (single-game elimination)
AL: Tuesday, Oct. 5
NL: Wednesday, Oct. 6
Division sequence (greatest of 5)
ALDS A & B
Recreation 1: Thursday, Oct. 7
Recreation 2: Friday, Oct. 8
Recreation 3: Sunday, Oct. 10
Recreation 4: Monday, Oct. 11*
Recreation 5: Wednesday, Oct. 13*
NLDS A & B
Recreation 1: Friday, Oct. 8
Recreation 2: Saturday, Oct. 9
Recreation 3: Monday, Oct. 11
Recreation 4: Tuesday, Oct. 12*
Recreation 5: Thursday, Oct. 14*
Championship sequence (better of seven)
Recreation 1: Friday, Oct. 15
Recreation 2: Saturday, Oct. 16
Recreation 3: Monday, Oct. 18
Recreation 4: Tuesday, Oct. 19
Recreation 5: Wednesday, Oct. 20*
Recreation 6: Friday, Oct. 22*
Recreation 7: Saturday, Oct. 23*
Recreation 1: Saturday, Oct. 16
Recreation 2: Sunday, Oct. 17
Recreation 3: Tuesday, Oct. 19
Recreation 4: Wednesday, Oct. 20
Recreation 5: Thursday, Oct. 21*
Recreation 6: Saturday, Oct. 23*
Recreation 7: Sunday, Oct. 24*
World Collection (better of seven)
Recreation 1: Tuesday, Oct. 26
Recreation 2: Wednesday, Oct. 27
Recreation 3: Friday, Oct. 29
Recreation 4: Saturday, Oct. 30
Recreation 5: Sunday, Oct. 31*
Recreation 6: Tuesday, Nov. 2*
Recreation 7: Wednesday, Nov. 3*
* If essential