MLB wild card standings: Magic numbers, MLB playoff odds as 10-team field is set

The 2019 regular season enters its final day and that means the focus is squarely on the various and sundry playoff races. To get you in that high-stakes mindset, we've got our daily postseason reset below. Herein you'll find where each and every race stands as the day's MLB slate begins. We'll also keep running tabs on which teams have been eliminated from playoff contention. Onward! 

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In the event of a tie for the a division crown or the second wild-card playoff spot, the two teams would play a one-game tiebreaker to determine the winner. There are more complicated tiebreaker scenarios for three- and four-team ties.

National League
· NL Wild Card Game: Brewers at Nationals (Tuesday, Oct. 1)
· NLDS: Wild Card Game winner at Dodgers; Cardinals at Braves (begins Thursday, Oct. 3)  

American League
·
 AL Wild Card Game: Rays at Athletics (Wednesday, Oct. 2)
· ALDS: Wild Card Game winner at Astros; Twins at Yankees (begins Friday, Oct. 4)

For a complete look at the postseason schedule, click here.

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Division leaders and race for home-field advantage

National League
·
 NL East: Braves (97-64) | Clinched
· NL Central: Cardinals (90-71) | Magic number: 1
· NL West: Dodgers (105-56) | Clinched

American League
·
 AL East: Yankees (103-58) | Clinched
·
 AL Central: Twins (101-60) | Clinched
· AL West: Astros (106-55) | Clinched

In each playoff series, the team with the better record earns the right to play a decisive Game 5 (in LDS play) or Game 7 (in LCS and World Series play) at home. As such, the team with the best overall record in MLB gains home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The Astros have clinched the best record in baseball and thus home-field advantage through the World Series.

To break any ties for home-field advantage, head-to-head records are used. If that doesn't do the trick, then records versus divisional opponents and records versus league opponents (i.e. NL team vs. NL opponents and AL team vs. AL opponents) are used, in that order.


Race for wild card spots

For a look at the wild card standings, click here.

National League
·
 Wild card No. 1: Nationals (92-69) | Clinched wild card
· Wild card No. 2: Brewers (89-72) | Clinched postseason berth (Can still win NL Central)

American League
·
 Wild card No. 1: Athletics (97-64) | Clinched wild card
· Wild card No. 2: Rays (96-65) | Clinched wild card


Teams clinched

National League
·
 Dodgers, NL West title | SportsLine's World Series odds: 27.8 percent
· Braves, NL East title | SportsLine's World Series odds: 8.1 percent
· Cardinals, postseason berth | SportsLine's World Series odds: 5.6 percent
· Nationals, wild-card berth | SportsLine's World Series odds: 3.4 percent
· Brewers, postseason berth | SportsLine's World Series odds: 2.1 percent

American League
·
 Yankees, AL East title | SportsLine's World Series odds: 14.9 percent
· Astros, AL West title | SportsLine's World Series odds: 28 percent
· Twins, AL Central title | SportsLine's World Series odds: 5.2 percent 
· Athletics, wild-card berth | SportsLine's World Series odds: 3 percent
· Rays, wild-card berth | SportsLine's World Series odds: 1.9 percent


Teams eliminated from postseason contention

National League

American League

CBS Sports Writer

Dayn Perry has been a baseball writer for CBS Sports since early 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for FOXSports.com and ESPN.com. He's the author of three books, the most recent being Reggie Jackson: The... Full Bio

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