Another day, another snapshot of the race to October. Two more teams punched their tickets to the postseason Monday and we now know the five NL playoff teams. Let's take a look.
If the playoffs started today ...
Current playoff odds, via Fangraphs
Dodgers - IN
Braves - IN
Cardinals - IN
Reds - IN
Pirates - IN
Tuesday's big games
•Brewers at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET: The Braves now only have a half-game lead over the Cardinals for the best record in the NL. Considering the gigantic split in home/road record for Atlanta (52-23 at home, 40-41 on the road), it would behoove them to lock this thing down.
•Nationals at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET: See above. Also factor in the Cardinals haven't yet sewn up the NL Central.
•Pirates at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET/Mets at Reds, 7:10 p.m. ET: The Pirates and Reds are deadlocked in the standings, meaning tiebreakers decide who would host a one-game wild-card playoff, not to mention they're just two back of the Cardinals for the NL Central title. And, in fact, just 2.5 back of the best record in the NL. A late surge for either of these teams would be huge.
•White Sox at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET: The Tribe continues its surge toward a wild card berth.
•Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET: The Rays are looking to hold off the Indians for the top wild-card spot, while the Yankees in a spot of desperation.
•Astros at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET: We can't yet count out the Rangers, especially with them playing the Astros.
•Tigers at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET: See the section below.
•Red Sox at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET/A's at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET: Anyone notice the A's are now within one game of the Red Sox for the top record in the AL?
Tuesday's possible clinchers
•Tigers clinch the AL Central with a win AND an Indians loss
•Tigers clinch playoff berth with a win OR a Rangers loss
•Tigers clinch share of AL Central with a win AND an Indians win
•Tigers clinch share of AL Central with a loss AND an Indians loss
2013 postseason schedule
NL Wild Card Game: Oct. 1
AL Wild Card Game: Oct. 2
NL Division Series begin: Oct. 3
AL Division Series begin: Oct. 4
NL Championship Series begins: Oct. 11
AL Championship Series begins: Oct. 12
World Series begins: Oct. 23