Countdown to the MLB Playoffs: Astros clinch playoff berth

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The hunt to play baseball in October is heating up.

There are a handful of MLB division races that could come down to the wire, and each wild-card spot is still up for grabs.

Here’s where the playoff race stands in both leagues through Thursday night.


The Los Angeles Dodgers (99-44) own the best record in the sport and clinched the division title on Tuesday. 


The New York Mets (91-55) and Atlanta Braves (89-55) are in a slugfest for the NL East, with New York a game ahead of Atlanta. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies (80-64) are the No. 3 NL wild card.


The St. Louis Cardinals (85-60) have been one of the hottest teams since the All-Star break and subsequently powered themselves to the top of the NL Central. On the other hand, the Milwaukee Brewers (76-67) are 7.5 games out of first in the division and three games out of the wild card.


No. 1 wild card: St. Louis Cardinals

No. 2 wild card: Atlanta Braves

No. 3 wild card: Philadelphia Phillies

No. 4 wild card: San Diego Padres


The Houston Astros (95-50) have a firm grip on the AL West, clinching a playoff berth on Friday and maintaining a 14-game lead on the Seattle Mariners (80-63). The Mariners are the No. 3 AL wild card.


The New York Yankees (87-57) remain atop the AL East despite their subpar play of late, holding a 5.5-game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays (82-63). Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays (80-64) are 4.5 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (75-68) for the final AL wild card. 


In a division that has changed all summer, the Cleveland Guardians (77-66) are four games ahead of the Chicago White Sox (74-71). The Minnesota Twins (72-71), who were atop the division throughout the first half, are now five games out of first.


No. 1 wild card: Cleveland Guardians

No. 2 wild card: Toronto Blue Jays

No. 3 wild card: Seattle Mariners

No. 4 wild card: Tampa Bay Rays

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