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After a grueling regular season that started back in mid-March, we’re less than a month away from the beginning of postseason baseball.

The 2019 campaign has been one to remember, especially for young players, as we’ve seen stellar rookie campaigns from Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, Blue Jays youngsters Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, Braves pitcher Mike Soroka and Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

Another thing worth noting about this season is the Boston Red Sox fall from grace, as they’re almost certainly going to miss the playoffs just one year removed from a team-record 108-win season and World Series Championship. The Red Sox are 17.5 games back of the Yankees in the American League East and 8 games out of the second Wild Card spot with just 19 games left to play.

Since the playoffs are just around the corner, we’ve put together a quick preview of the upcoming MLB Postseason.

Current MLB Standings (As of Monday, September 9)

Even though there’s still a few weeks of regular-season action left, we have a pretty good idea of which teams will be playing come mid-October. Below are the current standings for each of the divisions in Major League Baseball.

AL East

Team Standing
New York Yankees 94-50
Tampa Bay Rays 86-60
Boston Red Sox 76-66
Toronto Blue Jays 55-89
Baltimore Orioles 46-97

AL Central

Team Standing
Minnesota Twins 88-55
Cleveland Indians 83-61
Chicago White Sox 63-80
Kansas City Royals 53-91
Detroit Tigers 42-100

AL West

Team Standing
Houston Astros 94-50
Oakland Athletics 84-59
Texas Rangers 72-73
Los Angeles Angels 67-77
Seattle Mariners 58-86

NL East

Team Standing
Atlanta Braves 89-55
Washington Nationals 79-63
Philadelphia Phillies 74-68
New York Mets 72-70
Miami Marlins 51-91

NL Central

Team Standing
St. Louis Cardinals 81-62
Chicago Cubs 76-66
Milwaukee Brewers 74-68
Cincinnati Reds 67-77
Pittsburgh Pirates 62-81

NL West

Team Standing
Los Angeles Dodgers 93-52
Arizona Diamondbacks 75-68
San Francisco Giants 69-74
San Diego Padres 66-76
Colorado Rockies 60-86

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MLB Postseason Schedule

The schedule for the postseason is as follows:

October 1-2 | Wild Card Round: One Game, Winner Advances
October 3-10 | Divisional Series: Best of 5 Games
October 11-20| League Championship Series: Best of 7 Games
October 22-30 | World Series: Best of 7 Games

Playoff Predictions

After looking at the standings, it’s obvious to see which teams are likely to win their divisions. The Yankees, Astros, Braves and Dodgers all hold leads of eight games or more in their divisions, with the Dodgers maintaining a mind-melting 17 game lead over the Diamondbacks.

The two divisions to keep an eye on down the stretch are the AL Central and NL Central. In the AL Central, the Twins lead the Indians by five and a half games. In the NL Central, the Cardinals hold a four-and-a-half game lead on the Cubs but the Brewers are also within striking distance at six-and-a-half games back.

With most of the divisional titles seemingly locked up, there will still be plenty of fantastic action down the stretch in to see which teams will qualify for the playoffs via the Wild Card. The AL Wild Card race is currently being led by Tampa Bay and Oakland, but the Indians are still right in the thick of things at just a game and a half behind the Athletics. The NL Wild Card spots are currently held by Washington and Chicago, but the Diamondbacks, Brewers, and Phillies are all within two games of the final spot.

Our predictions for who will make the playoffs are as follows:

AL East: New York Yankees
AL Central: Minnesota Twins
AL West: Houston Astros
Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays
Wild Card: Cleveland Indians

NL East: Atlanta Braves
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Card: Washington Nationals
Wild Card: Arizona Diamondbacks

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