MLB Playoff Picture 2022: Complete AL, NL Standings and Bracket Ahead of Final Series

Doric SamOctober 2, 2022

DETROIT, MI -  SEPTEMBER 12:  Jose Altuve #27 and Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrate a 7-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on September 12, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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The final week of the 2022 MLB regular season is officially upon us, and there are still a few unknowns heading into the playoffs.

The postseason will officially begin with the wild-card round on Friday, Oct. 7, but prior to that, a lot can change. While much of the playoff bracket is set, some teams still have the opportunity to change their destinies in their final regular-season series.

Here's a look at how the playoff bracket is shaping up ahead of the final week of the season, along with the latest standings and key matchups worth watching.

Current Playoff Bracket

American League

No. 1 seed: Houston Astros (104-55), first-round bye

No. 2 seed: New York Yankees (97-61), first-round bye

No. 3 seed: Cleveland Guardians (90-69) vs. No. 6 seed: Tampa Bay Rays (86-73)

No. 4 seed: Toronto Blue Jays (90-69) vs. No. 5 seed: Seattle Mariners (87-70)

National League

No. 1 seed: Los Angeles Dodgers (110-49), first-round bye

No. 2 seed: Atlanta Braves (100-59), first-round bye

No. 3 seed: St. Louis Cardinals (92-67) vs. No. 6 seed: Philadelphia Phillies (86-73)

No. 4 seed: New York Mets (98-61) vs. No. 5 seed: San Diego Padres (87-72)

Full Standings

AL East

  1. New York Yankees: 97-61 - clinched AL East
  2. Toronto Blue Jays: 90-69, 7.5 GB - clinched wild-card spot
  3. Tampa Bay Rays: 86-73, 11.5 GB - clinched wild-card spot
  4. Baltimore Orioles: 82-77, 15.5 GB - eliminated
  5. Boston Red Sox: 75-84, 22.5 GB - eliminated

AL Central

  1. Cleveland Guardians: 90-69 - clinched AL Central
  2. Chicago White Sox: 79-80, 11 GB - eliminated
  3. Minnesota Twins: 77-82, 13.0 GB - eliminated
  4. Detroit Tigers: 65-93, 24.5 GB - eliminated
  5. Kansas City Royals: 64-95, 26.0 GB - eliminated

AL West

  1. Houston Astros: 104-55 - clinched AL West and best record in AL
  2. Seattle Mariners: 87-70, 16.0 GB - clinched wild-card spot
  3. Los Angeles Angels: 73-86, 31.0 GB - eliminated
  4. Texas Rangers: 66-92, 37.5 GB - eliminated
  5. Oakland Athletics: 56-102, 47.5 GB - eliminated

AL Wild Card

  1. Toronto Blue Jays: 90-69, +4
  2. Seattle Mariners: 87-70, +2
  3. Tampa Bay Rays: 86-73

NL East

  1. Atlanta Braves: 100-59 - clinched playoff berth
  2. New York Mets: 98-61, 2.0 GB - clinched playoff berth
  3. Philadelphia Phillies: 86-73, 13.5 GB
  4. Miami Marlins: 67-92, 32.5 GB - eliminated
  5. Washington Nationals: 55-104, 44.5 GB - eliminated

NL Central

  1. St. Louis Cardinals: 92-67 - clinched NL Central
  2. Milwaukee Brewers: 84-75, 8.0 GB
  3. Chicago Cubs: 73-86, 19.0 GB - eliminated
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates: 60-99, 32.0 GB - eliminated
  5. Cincinnati Reds: 60-99, 32.0 GB - eliminated

NL West

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers: 110-49 - clinched NL West and best record in NL
  2. San Diego Padres: 87-72, 23 GB - clinched wild-card spot
  3. San Francisco Giants: 79-79 30.5 GB - eliminated
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks: 73-85, 36.5 GB - eliminated
  5. Colorado Rockies: 66-93, 44.0 GB - eliminated

NL Wild Card

  1. New York Mets: 98-61 - clinched playoff berth
  2. San Diego Padres: 87-72 - clinched wild-card spot
  3. Philadelphia Phillies: 86-73
  4. Milwaukee Brewers: 84-75, 2.0 GB

The National League wild-card race is worth keeping an eye on as the season winds down.

The San Diego Padres lead the Philadelphia Phillies by one game for the second spot, while the Phillies are just two games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers for the final spot.

The Padres will host the San Francisco Giants this week, but the Phillies have a tough series away from home against the American League-leading Houston Astros. The Brewers will welcome the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks to town, which represents their best chance to overtake one of the two open spots. However, Milwaukee doesn't own the tiebreaker over Philadelphia, so the Brewers can only make the postseason if they win out and the Phillies get swept by the Astros.

The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves are both hoping to avoid the top wild-card spot in the NL. The Braves own the tiebreaker after Sunday's series finale against the Mets, a 5-3 victory that lowered their magic number to clinch the division to one.

Whichever team wins the NL East will be awarded a first-round bye. Both teams have easy finishes to the regular season with Atlanta visiting the Miami Marlins and New York hosting the Washington Nationals.

There's much less drama in the American League. The Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays have all clinched their playoff berths. The Blue Jays lead the Mariners by two games for the top spot. Toronto will travel to face the Baltimore Orioles to end the year.

Seattle is two games ahead of Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot. The Mariners will close out the season by hosting the Detroit Tigers, while the Rays will visit the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, Tampa Bay appears to be heading in the wrong direction after losing six of its last eight games.