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2022 MLB playoffs: Clinching scenarios, bracket and schedule

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There are still a few days left to go in the 2022 MLB regular season, and most teams are already looking toward October.

The Los Angeles Dodgers officially secured the season's first playoff berth, and the Houston Astros, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Cleveland Guardians and St. Louis Cardinals followed next. The Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres have also clinched wild-card spots, while the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies are still battling it out in the NL for the final wild-card berth.

Where do the current playoff matchups stand? What series should you be paying attention to in the final week? And what does the playoff schedule look like? We have everything you need to know as the regular season winds down.

Key links: Standings | Wild-card standings | New tiebreaker format


What are this October's MLB playoff matchups as it stands now?

American League

Wild-card round: (6) Rays* at (3) Guardians*, (5) Mariners* at (4) Blue Jays*

ALDS: Rays/Guardians vs. (2) Yankees*, Mariners/Blue Jays vs. (1) Astros*

National League

Wild-card round: (6) Phillies at (3) Cardinals*, (5) Padres* at (4) Mets*

NLDS: Phillies/Cardinals vs. (2) Braves*, Padres/Mets vs. (1) Dodgers*

*Clinched playoff berth


Who is in?

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers secured the season's first playoff berth -- L.A.'s 10th straight trip to the postseason -- on Sept. 12 and followed that by clinching the NL West with a win in Arizona the next day.

Houston Astros

The Astros became the second team to clinch a postseason berth on Sept. 16 and followed it up by clinching the AL West title, which is Houston's fifth division crown in the past six seasons, on Sept. 19.

New York Mets

The Mets clinched a playoff spot with Max Scherzer's 200th career win in Milwaukee on Sept. 19. While New York is still chasing the bigger goal of an NL East title and the wild-card round bye that comes with it, this is the team's first playoff appearance since 2016.

Atlanta Braves

While the battle for the NL East will likely come down to the wire, the defending champion Braves clinched a return to the postseason the day after the Mets.

New York Yankees

The Yankees secured their sixth straight playoff berth with a walk-off win over the Red Sox on Sept. 22 and then wrapped up the AL East title with a win at Toronto five days later.

Cleveland Guardians

The Guardians clinched the AL Central for the first time since 2018 with a 10-4 win over Texas on Sept. 25, becoming the sixth team to secure a postseason berth.

St. Louis Cardinals

With a win over the division-rival Brewers on Sept. 27, the Cardinals took home the NL Central title and secured a playoff spot.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays were able to clinch one of five remaining wild-card berths with an Orioles loss on Sept. 29, despite not playing a game that day.

Seattle Mariners

Seattle ended the sport's longest postseason drought with a walk-off victory on Sept. 30. The Mariners will play their first playoff game since 2001 as a wild-card team with seeding still left to be determined in the final days.

Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay extended the longest postseason streak in franchise history and earned a playoff spot for the eighth time, all since 2008, on the same day as Seattle.

San Diego Padres

Despite losing to the White Sox, San Diego clinched its first playoff berth in a full season since 2006 with Milwaukee's loss to Miami on Oct. 2.


Who could be next?

The six American League postseason bids have all been clinched, so now the remaining question is will the Brewers or the Phillies make it to the postseason? Philadelphia can clinch Monday with a win over Houston or a Brewers' loss to the Diamondbacks.


Key upcoming series

Phillies at Astros: Oct. 3-5

Philadelphia's playoff hopes are on the line as it fights the final wild-card spot in the NL.

Braves at Marlins: Oct. 3-5

After sweeping the Mets, the Braves need just one win in their final three games of the season to lock up the NL East and the No. 2 seed.

Yankees at Rangers: Oct. 3-5

All eyes remain on the Yankees in their final four-game series with Judge on the verge of setting a new AL record for home runs in a single season.


Playoff schedule

Wild Card Series
Best of three, all games at better seed's stadium

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 7
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 8
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 9*

Division Series
Best of five

ALDS
Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 11
Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 13
Game 3: Saturday Oct. 15
Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 16*
Game 5: Monday, Oct. 17*

NLDS
Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 11
Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 12
Game 3: Friday, Oct. 14
Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 15*
Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 16*

League Championship Series
Best of seven

ALCS
Game 1: Wednesday, Oct. 19
Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 20
Game 3: Saturday Oct. 22
Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 23
Game 5: Monday, Oct. 24*
Game 6: Tuesday, Oct. 25*
Game 7: Wednesday Oct. 26*

NLCS
Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 18
Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 19
Game 3: Friday, Oct. 21
Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 22
Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 23*
Game 6: Monday, Oct. 24*
Game 7: Tuesday, Oct. 25*

World Series
Best of seven

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 28
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 29
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 31
Game 4: Tuesday, Nov. 1
Game 5: Wednesday, Nov. 2*
Game 6: Friday, Nov. 4*
Game 7: Saturday, Nov. 5*

* If necessary