If the MLB season ended today, what would the playoff picture look like?
The playoffs are scheduled to start Tuesday, Oct. 3, with the AL wild-card game, followed by the NL wild-card game on Wednesday, Oct. 4. However, we already have a pretty good idea of what the MLB playoff bracket will look like entering those wild-card games.
Teams that have already clinched their division and earned a ticket to the playoffs are: the Cleveland Indians (AL Central), Houston Astros (AL West), Washington Nationals (NL East), Chicago Cubs (NL Central) and Los Angeles Dodgers (NL West; clinched home-field advantage through NLCS).
The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins have all clinched a playoff berth. The Red Sox can clinch the AL East as early as Friday.
The Diamondbacks have clinched home field in the NL wild-card game, while the Twins have clinched an AL wild card against either the Yankees or Red Sox.
That leaves one open spot, the second NL wild card. That’s a battle between the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers. The Rockies can clinch that spot as early as Friday.
Sporting News takes a look at the latest projected MLB playoff picture as the regular season winds down.
Projected MLB playoff bracket
Here is the projected MLB playoff picture:
AL wild-card game — Oct. 3
No. 5 seed Twins vs. No. 4 seed Yankees at New York, 8 p.m. ET
NL wild-card game — Oct. 4
No. 5 seed Rockies vs. No. 4 seed Diamondbacks at Arizona
ALDS (best-of-five series) — Oct. 5
Wild-card game winner vs. No. 1 seed Indians at Cleveland
No. 3 seed Red Sox vs. No. 2 seed Astros at Houston
NLDS (best-of-five series) — Oct. 6
Wild-card game winner vs. No. 1 seed Dodgers at Los Angeles
No. 3 seed Cubs vs. No. 2 seed Nationals at Washington, D.C.
ALCS (best-of-seven series) — Oct. 13
NLCS (best-of-seven series) — Oct. 14
World Series (best-of-seven series) — Begins Oct. 24
The 2017 World Series will start Tuesday, Oct. 24.
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