2019 MLB playoff tracker: Who has clinched a postseason spot, and who could be next?

The relentless Braves aim to make noise in October (1:20)

Tim Kurkjian takes us through the Braves' potent offense that led them to clinch the NL East earlier than expected. (1:20)

It is officially clinching season across MLB as baseball's best teams vie to lock up division titles and wild-card hopefuls look to earn a place in October. As the race to the finish heats up and magic numbers shrink, we've got you covered with everything you need to know about which teams have punched their postseason tickets, who could be popping the champagne next and which races could come down to the very end of the regular season.

For more, including current playoff odds, check out our MLB standings page, and get ready for October with our MLB playoff schedule.

Playoff matchups if the season ended today

American League

Wild-card game: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland A's

Division series: wild-card winner vs. Houston Astros; Minnesota Twins vs. New York Yankees

National League

Wild-card game: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Washington Nationals

Division series: wild-card winner vs. Los Angeles Dodgers; St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves

Who is already in

Los Angeles Dodgers


Is there any stopping the Dodgers?

Tim Kurkjian breaks down the numbers behind the Dodgers' dominant 2019 season, and questions whether any team can stop them from reaching their third straight World Series.

The Dodgers clinched the season's first postseason spot with a win against the Orioles on Sept. 10 in Baltimore, earning their seventh consecutive NL West title.

Those seven straight division wins rank behind only those of the 1991-2005 Braves and 1998-2006 Yankees for most in the divisional era (since 1969). This time around, the Dodgers tied for the fourth-fewest games needed to clinch a division since 2000 and the earliest they secured a division crown since their move to L.A.

What's next? The Dodgers lead Atlanta for the NL's top record and remain in a tight race with the Yankees and Astros for the best record in baseball -- and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Dodgers must-read: Judge Dodgers on seven straight titles, not the World Series crown they're still chasing

Atlanta Braves


Braves jump into water to celebrate division title

Braves pitcher Luke Jackson jumps into the water in the outfield of SunTrust Park, leading to a group of players celebrating by the waterfall.

They'd already secured a spot in the postseason, but with their 6-0 win over the Giants on Friday, the Braves clinched their second straight NL East title.

This is Atlanta's 19th division title, which ties the Yankees for most since the beginning of the divisional era in 1969. It has been 15 years since the Braves, Yankees and Dodgers each won their respective divisions (2004).

What's next? Could they overtake the Dodgers as the NL's No. 1 seed? It's a long shot. They should keep a close eye on the NL Central race to get ready for Round 1 of the playoffs.

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Houston Astros

The Astros clinched at least a wild-card spot by beating the Rangers 3-2 for their 100th win of the season on Wednesday, and then clinched their third straight AL West title on Sunday with a 13-5 win over the Angels, powered by George Springer's three home runs. Houston will be in the postseason for the fourth time in five years, and is the sixth team in MLB history to win at least 100 games in three straight seasons. The Astros also are the first team to have three straight 100-win seasons in the same decade in which they had three 100-loss seasons (2011-13).


Astros celebrate after clinching AL West

The Houston Astros storm the field after earning consecutive division titles for the first time since winning three straight in 1997-1999.

What's next? Houston is still trying to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, running neck-and-neck with the Yankees for the best record in baseball down the stretch.

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New York Yankees


Resilience the calling card of the 2019 Yankees

The Yankees battled through injuries all season and bring that next-man-up mentality for a run at the World Series.

The Yankees wrapped up their first AL East crown since 2012 with a 9-1 win over the Angels on Thursday and will make their third consecutive postseason appearance.

What's next? New York remains in an incredibly tight battle with Houston for the best record in the American League and will need to finish with a better mark outright to secure home-field advantage, given that the Astros hold the tiebreaker.

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St. Louis Cardinals

In the NL Central, St. Louis' magic number to clinch the division is four, but with their weekend sweep of the Cubs in Chicago, they clinched at least a wild-card slot on Sunday. St. Louis most recently won the division in 2015, which was the last time the Cards played in the postseason.

What's next? The Cards travel to Phoenix for a three-game series against the D-backs starting Monday, then get a day off before their season-ending home series against the Cubs.

Who could be next

Minnesota Twins

Minnesota's magic number to win the AL Central sits at four as the Twins close in on their first division title since 2010.