The Week Before October

09/27/2021 The Week Before October

By: Jeff Yoder

MLB’s Final Week of Regular Season Still Sees Five Playoff Spots Open

After a weekend of baseball action, five teams have clinched postseason berths and five spots remain available for ten teams. The Cardinals haven’t stopped winning, and the Yankees and Red Sox hold the slight edge in the five-horse AL Wild Card race. Here’s how the playoff picture looks with 15 MLB teams officially eliminated.


MLB Playoff Picture


American League

East: Rays (97-59)*

Central: White Sox (88-68)*

West: Astros (91-65)

Wild Card: Yankees (89-67)

Wild Card: Red Sox (88-68)

In the Hunt: Blue Jays (87-69), Mariners (86-70), Athletics (85-71)


National League

East: Braves (83-72)

Central: Brewers (94-62)*

West: Giants (102-54)*

Wild Card: Dodgers (100-56)*

Wild Card: Cardinals (87-69)

In the Hunt: Phillies (81-75), Reds (81-75)


*Clinched Postseason Berth: Giants, Dodgers, Rays, Brewers, White Sox


Additional Storylines

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USA Today: Cardinals Rally Past Cubs to Extend Record Win Streak to 16 Games


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