There are just two weeks left in the Major League Baseball regular season. The season has gone quickly, but now, the postseason will take over the next month.
The Fall Classic should be a good one. As we start the final two weeks, let’s take a look at what teams are in the MLB playoffs and what teams are out.
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American League Playoffs
They are in the postseason and now seeking to seal the top spot in the standings. Baltimore clinched their spot and moved to two games ahead of the Rays with a come-from-behind win. Baltimore must win seven games over the final two weeks to get to 100.
The defending World Series Champions, is nowhere near guaranteed back in the dance this season. While Houston is 1.5 games up in the American League West with 12 games to go, they are also just 2.5 games from missing the postseason.
The winner of the American League West is going to grab the 2nd seed and get a first-round bye. So, there is a ton to play for, with Texas and Seattle 1.5 and 2.5 games out.
The Minnesota Twins are eight games over .500 on the season and seven games up in the American League Central. To start the new week, the Twins would need a combination of six wins or Cleveland losses to seal the deal.
When the Twins officially clinch their spot, they will be the #3 seed in the American League postseason and host the wildcard series.
Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays are going to the postseason, but we are trying to figure out what spot they will be in. With 11 games remaining, the Rays must win eight to get to 100 on the season. After tying the standings on Friday, they lost back-to-back games against Baltimore.
Now they are two games back in the divisional standings. If they do not win the division, they will be the 4th seed and host the first round of the postseason.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are 83-67 heading into the final two weeks of the season, just half-game ahead of the Texas Rangers and 1.5 games up on the Seattle Mariners.
One of these three teams will miss the postseason. Toronto will not catch the fourth seed, so they will start on the road when the wildcard series starts.
The Rangers, who led the division most of the season, sit 1.5 games out of the American League West lead and just one game up on the Mariners for the final wildcard. Texas made many moves at the deadline, so there is a ton on the line to wrap up the season for Texas.
The Mariners are currently OUT of the postseason picture. Seattle, at 81-68, is one game back of the 6th seed Texas Rangers—big final 13 games for the young, entertaining Mariners.
Teams Out of American League Race
The rest of the teams out in the American League:
New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Angels
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Royals
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The Braves are 4.5 games ahead of the Dodgers for the top seed in the National League. Atlanta struggled late but is not playing for a ton right now. Atlanta will get themselves healthy and rested for the postseason. The Braves also need just four wins to reach 100 in 2023.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Once again, the Los Angeles Dodgers are National League West winners. The Dodgers, who struggled early in the season, took over the division and look like a threat to win it all again.
Los Angeles will be the 2nd seed and have a first-round bye. If the Dodgers win nine games in the final two weeks, they will get to 100.
The National League Central is over. The Brewers need a combination of seven wins or Chicago Cubs losses to seal the deal. That would put them at the third seed and host a first-round playoff series. The Brewers are 19 games over .500.
The Phillies are heading into the final two weeks as the fourth seed in the National League. The Phillies are second in the National League East and 3.5 games ahead of Arizona in the National League Wildcard. Philadelphia needs to avoid a collapse to get back to the postseason and protect their NL crown.
After a three-game sweep at home over the Chicago Cubs, the Diamondbacks start the final two weeks with a ½ game lead over the Cubs and Marlins for the 5th seed.
It will be a wild last two weeks for the Diamondbacks, and they are looking to turn to some of their young guys, who continue to impress.
The Cubs need a break, and they will get it on Monday with a day off. Chicago has dropped five games in a row and is now in a tie with Miami for the final postseason spot, and just ½ game up on Chicago.
The Cubs have a soft end-of-the-season schedule, but they must play better baseball to get into the postseason.
Miami swept the Braves and are now tied with the Cubs for the final wildcard spot. This has been a big-time up-and-down team, but they have a chance in the final stretch of the season.
The young Reds are the 8th team in a six-team playoff chase but, as mentioned, right in the mix. The Reds are just ½ game behind the Cubs and Marlins.
Can the Reds find enough pitching to stay around in the final two weeks?
Teams Out of National League Race
The rest of the teams out in the National League:
San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
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It should be a great final few games of the season. Good luck and enjoy!
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