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MLB standings 2020: Updated playoff bracket, magic numbers as of Sept. 24

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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MORE: Explaining MLB's expanded playoff format

MLB standings 2020

American League playoff bracket

Standings updated after games on Sept. 24

  1. Rays (E1), 37-20, .649
  2. Twins (C1), 35-22, .614
  3. A's (W1), 34-22, .607
  4. White Sox (C2), 34-23, .596 
  5. Yankees (E2), 32-25, .561
  6. Astros (W2), 29-28, .509
  7. Indians (WC1), 33-24, .579
  8. Blue Jays (WC2), 30-27, .526

American League wild-card standings

  • WC1: Indians, 33-24, .579
  • WC2: Blue Jays, 30-27, .526

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  • Angels, 26-31, .456, 4 games back of second WC
  • Mariners, 25-31, .446, (ELIMINATED)
  • Royals, 24-33, .421, (ELIMINATED)
  • Orioles, 24-33, .421, (ELIMINATED)
  • Tigers, 22-33, .400, (ELIMINATED)
  • Red Sox, 22-35, .386, (ELIMINATED)
  • Rangers, 19-38, .333, (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. 24

  1. Dodgers (W1), 40-17, .702
  2. Braves (E1), 34-23, .596
  3. Cubs (C1), 32-25, .561
  4. Padres (W2), 34-22, .607
  5. Cardinals (C2), 28-26, .519
  6. Marlins (E2), 29-28, .509
  7. Reds (WC2), 29-28, .509
  8. Giants (WC1), 28-28, .500

National League wild-card standings

  • WC1: Reds, 29-28, .509
  • WC2: Giants, 28-28, .500

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  • Phillies, 28-29, .491, 0.5 game back of second WC
  • Brewers, 27-29, 491, 1 back
  • Mets, 26-31, .456, 2.5 back
  • Rockies, 25-31, .446, 3 back
  • Nationals, 23-34, .404, (ELIMINATED)
  • Diamondbacks, 22-34, .393, (ELIMINATED)
  • Pirates, 18-39, .316, (ELIMINATED)

National League Wild-Card Series matchups

  • No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Giants
  • 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. 24

AL East
Rays, CLINCHED division
Yankees, x/CLINCHED
Blue Jays, x/CLINCHED
Orioles, x/12
Red Sox, x/x

AL Central
Twins, 3/CLINCHED
White Sox, 4/CLINCHED
Indians, 6/CLINCHED
Tigers, x/x
Royals, x/x

AL West
A’s, CLINCHED division
Astros, x/1
Angels, x/6
Mariners, x/x
Rangers, x/x

NL East
Braves, CLINCHED division
Marlins, x/2
Phillies, x/5
Mets, x/6
Nationals, x/x

NL Central
Cubs, 3/CLINCHED
Cardinals, 8/4
Reds, x/3
Brewers, x/6
Pirates, x/x

NL West
Dodgers, CLINCHED division
Padres, x/CLINCHED
Giants, x/4
Rockies, x/8
Diamondbacks, x/x