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MLB standings 2020: Updated playoff bracket, magic numbers as of Sept. 23

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. 23

  1. Rays (E1), 37-20, .649
  2. A's (W1), 34-21, .618
  3. Twins (C1), 35-22, .614
  4. White Sox (C2), 34-22, .607 
  5. Yankees (E2), 32-24, .571
  6. Astros (W2), 28-28, .500
  7. Indians (WC1), 32-24, .571
  8. Blue Jays (WC2), 29-27, .518

American League wild-card standings

  • WC1: Indians, 32-24, .571
  • WC2: Blue Jays, 29-27, .518

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  • Angels, 26-31, .456, 3.5 games back of second WC
  • Mariners, 25-31, .446, 4 back
  • Orioles, 23-33, .411, (ELIMINATED)
  • Tigers, 22-32, .407, (ELIMINATED)
  • Royals, 22-33, .411, (ELIMINATED)
  • Red Sox, 22-34, .393, (ELIMINATED)
  • Rangers, 19-37, .339, (ELIMINATED)

American League current Wild-Card Series matchups

  • No. 1 Rays vs. No. 8 Blue Jays
  • No. 2 A's vs. No. 7 Indians
  • No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Astros
  • No. 4 White Sox vs. No. 5 Yankees

National League playoff bracket

Standings updated after games on Sept. 23

  1. Dodgers (W1), 39-17, .696
  2. Braves (E1), 34-22, .607
  3. Cubs (C1), 32-24, .571
  4. Padres (W2), 34-22, .607
  5. Cardinals (C2), 27-26, .509
  6. Marlins (E2), 28-28, .500
  7. Giants (WC1), 28-27, .509
  8. Reds (WC2), 29-28, .509

National League wild-card standings

  • WC1: Giants, 28-27, .509
  • WC2: Reds, 29-28, .509

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  • Brewers, 27-28, .491, 1 game back of second WC
  • Phillies, 28-29, 491, 1 back
  • Mets, 25-31, .446, 3.5 back
  • Rockies, 24-31, .436, 4 back
  • Nationals, 23-33, .411, 5.5 back
  • Diamondbacks, 21-34, .382, (ELIMINATED)
  • Pirates, 16-39, .291, (ELIMINATED)

National League Wild-Card Series matchups

  • No. 1 Dodgers vs. No. 8 Reds
  • No. 2 Braves vs. No. 7 Giants
  • 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. 23

AL East
Rays, CLINCHED division
Yankees, x/CLINCHED
Blue Jays, x/3
Orioles, x/12
Red Sox, x/x

AL Central
White Sox, 4/CLINCHED
Twins, 4/CLINCHED
Indians, 7/CLINCHED
Tigers, x/x
Royals, x/x

AL West
A’s, CLINCHED division
Astros, x/2
Angels, x/8
Mariners, x/10
Rangers, x/x

NL East
Braves, CLINCHED division
Marlins, x/3
Phillies, x/5
Mets, x/7
Nationals, x/x

NL Central
Cubs, 3/CLINCHED
Cardinals, 10/6
Reds, x/4
Brewers, x/7
Pirates, x/x

NL West
Dodgers, CLINCHED division
Padres, x/CLINCHED
Giants, x/5
Rockies, x/10
Diamondbacks, x/x