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MLB standings 2020: Updated playoff bracket, magic numbers as of Sept. 26

Sporting News — (Ryan Fagan)

Sixteen of baseball’s 30 franchises will qualify for the 2020 postseason, which means every team within sniffing distance of the .500 mark will have at least a puncher’s chance of reaching October as we head into the final few weeks of September.

It’s a convoluted setup. If you want the full setup, this is your happy place. Here, we’re going to update the playoff seeds on a daily basis, so here’s the very basic seeding structure.

The first three seeds (1-3) in each league will go to division winners, ordered by record. The second trio of seeds (4-6) goes to the second-place finishers in each division, ordered by record. The final two seeds (7-8) go to the two wild-card teams.

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MLB standings 2020

American League playoff bracket

Standings updated after games on Sept. 26

  1. Rays (E1), 39-20 (.661) (clinched seed)
  2. Twins (C1), 36-23 (.610)
  3. A's (W1), 35-24 (.593)
  4. White Sox (C2), 35-24 (.593)
  5. Yankees (E2), 33-26 (.559)
  6. Astros (W2), 29-30 (.492) (clinched seed)
  7. Indians (WC1), 34-25 (.579)
  8. Blue Jays (WC2), 32-27 (.542)

American League wild-card standings

  • WC1: Indians, 34-25 (.579)
  • WC2: Blue Jays, 32-27 (.542)

  • Mariners, 27-32 (.458) (ELIMINATED)
  • Angels, 26-33 (.441) (ELIMINATED)
  • Royals, 25-34 (.424) (ELIMINATED)
  • Orioles, 24-35 (.407) (ELIMINATED)
  • Tigers, 23-34 (.404) (ELIMINATED)
  • Red Sox, 23-36 (.390) (ELIMINATED)
  • Rangers, 21-38 (.356) (ELIMINATED)

American League current Wild-Card Series matchups

  • No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
  • No. 2 Twins vs. No. 7 Indians
  • No. 3 A's vs. No. 6 Astros
  • No. 4 White Sox vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League playoff bracket

Standings updated after games on Sept. 26

  1. Dodgers (W1), 42-17 (.712) (clinched seed)
  2. Braves (E1), 35-24 (.593) (clinched seed)
  3. Cubs (C1), 33-26 (.559) (clinched seed)
  4. Padres (W2), 36-23 (.610) (clinched seed)
  5. Cardinals (C2), 29-28 (.509)
  6. Marlins (E2), 30-29 (.508)
  7. Reds (WC2), 30-29 (.508)
  8. Brewers (WC1), 29-30 (.492)

National League wild-card standings

  • WC1: Reds, 30-29 (.508)
  • WC2: Brewers, 29-30 (.492)

  • Giants, 29-30 (.492), back of second WC via tiebreaker
  • Phillies, 28-31 (.491) 1 game back
  • Mets, 26-33 (.441) (ELIMINATED)
  • Rockies, 26-33 (.441) (ELIMINATED)
  • Nationals, 25-34 (.424) (ELIMINATED)
  • Diamondbacks, 24-35 (.407) (ELIMINATED)
  • Pirates, 189-40 (.322) (ELIMINATED)

National League Wild-Card Series matchups

  • No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Brewers
  • No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Reds
  • No. 3 Cubs vs. No. 6 Marlins
  • No. 4 Padres vs. No. 5 Cardinals

MLB magic numbers for 2020

What is a magic number? It’s the combination of games a team needs to win and/or its closest competitor needs to lose to clinch a playoff spot. The smaller the number, the better. Because of the complicated nature of the 2020 playoff field, there are separate magic numbers to clinch a division and to clinch a wild-card spot. Info comes from @MLBMagNum on Twitter.

Updated through games of Sept. 26

AL East
Rays, CLINCHED division
Yankees, x/CLINCHED
Blue Jays, x/CLINCHED
Orioles, x/x
Red Sox, x/x

AL Central
Twins, 1/CLINCHED
White Sox, 2/CLINCHED
Indians, x/CLINCHED
Tigers, x/x
Royals, x/x

AL West
A’s, CLINCHED division
Astros, x/CLINCHED
Angels, x/x
Mariners, x/x
Rangers, x/x

NL East
Braves, CLINCHED division
Marlins, x/CLINCHED
Phillies, x/2
Mets, x/x
Nationals, x/x

NL Central
Cubs, CLINCHED division
Cardinals, x/1
Reds, x/CLINCHED
Brewers, x/1
Pirates, x/x

NL West
Dodgers, CLINCHED division
Padres, x/CLINCHED
Giants, x/2
Rockies, x/x
Diamondbacks, x/x