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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, but some 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 have also clinched wild-card spots, while the Milwaukee Brewers. Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres are still battling it out in the NL.

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) Braves*

NLDS: Phillies/Cardinals vs. (2) Mets*, Padres/Braves 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 -- 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 and followed it up by clinching the AL West title, which is Houston's fifth division crown in the past six seasons.

New York Mets

The Mets clinched a playoff spot with Max Scherzer's 200th career win in Milwaukee. 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 and then wrapped up the AL East title with a win at Toronto on Tuesday.

Cleveland Guardians

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

St. Louis Cardinals

With a win over the division-rival Brewers on Tuesday night, 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 Thursday afternoon, securing the AL's No. 4 seed.


Seattle Mariners

Seattle ended the sport's longest postseason drought with a walk-off victory on Friday night. 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.


Who could be next?

The six American League postseason bids have all been clinched, so now the remaining question is which two of the Padres, Brewers and Phillies will make it to the postseason?


Key upcoming series

Mets at Braves: Sept. 30-Oct. 2

In what is arguably the biggest series of the season, New York and Atlanta will battle it out for the NL East title in a three-game matchup that will have a huge impact on playoff seeding.

Rays at Astros: Sept. 30-Oct. 2

A couple factors can be determined during this three-game set: Houston can clinch the No. 1 seed in the AL and Tampa Bay can secure a postseason berth.

Orioles at Yankees: Sept. 30-Oct. 2

While neither team has anything left to play for in terms of the postseason, all eyes remain on the Yankees 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