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Postseason watch: Braves clinch, Cubs fading

1:49 AM EDT

With a 6-0 win over the Giants on Friday night, the Braves became the third team to clinch a division title this season, joining the Dodgers and Yankees. The win gave Atlanta back-to-back National League East championships. Elsewhere in the NL, the Cubs lost to the rival Cardinals for the

With a 6-0 win over the Giants on Friday night, the Braves became the third team to clinch a division title this season, joining the Dodgers and Yankees. The win gave Atlanta back-to-back National League East championships.

Elsewhere in the NL, the Cubs lost to the rival Cardinals for the second straight day, and the Brewers' win over the Pirates dropped Chicago to two games behind Milwaukee for the second NL Wild Card spot. The Nats stayed atop the NL Wild Card race by one game with a victory over the Marlins.

In the American League, the Rays topped the Red Sox in 11 innings to maintain a tie with the Indians, who defeated the Phillies, for the second AL Wild Card spot behind the A's.

Explaining postseason tiebreaker scenarios

While a lot can happen in the standings between now and when the postseason starts on Oct. 1, here is what the playoff picture looks like heading into Saturday:

NL Wild Card Game (Oct. 1): Brewers at Nationals

AL Wild Card Game (Oct. 2): Indians or Rays at A's

NLDS (begins Oct. 3): Wild Card Game winner at Dodgers; Cardinals at Braves

ALDS (begins Oct. 4): Wild Card Game winner at Astros; Twins at Yankees

WHO HAS CLINCHED: Dodgers (NL West); Yankees (AL East); Braves (NL East); Astros (a postseason berth)

WHO IS NEXT: The Astros have already clinched a postseason berth, and they can clinch the AL West as soon as today.

Here is a look at where each remaining contender -- defined as having playoff odds above 0.5 percent, according to FanGraphs -- stands heading into Saturday. Teams are listed by division and then in order of standing.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Yankees (100-55, .645)

Yesterday's result: Lost 4-3 vs. TOR

Where they stand: The Yankees have clinched the AL East. They trail the Astros for the AL's top seed by 1 1/2 games.

Magic number: Clinched AL East

Key tiebreakers: Hold tiebreaker over Dodgers for home field in World Series; Astros hold tiebreaker over Yankees for HFA through ALCS.

Today's schedule: vs. TOR, 1:05 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 vs. TOR, 2 at TB, 3 at TEX

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Rays (91-63, .591)

Yesterday's result: Won 5-4 vs. BOS

Where they stand: The Rays are tied with the Indians for the second AL Wild Card spot, two games behind the A's for the top AL Wild Card position.

Key tiebreakers: By virtue of their 6-1 record against the Indians this season, the Rays would have home-field advantage if the two clubs finish the regular season tied for the second Wild Card and need to play a tiebreaker.

Today's schedule: vs. BOS, 6:10 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 3 vs. BOS, 2 vs. NYY, 3 at TOR

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AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Twins (95-59, .617)

Yesterday's result: Won 4-3 vs. KC

Where they stand: The Twins hold a four-game lead over the Indians atop the division and are 4 1/2 games behind the Yankees for home-field advantage in an AL Division Series matchup.

Magic number: 5 for AL Central

Today's schedule: vs. KC, 7:10 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 vs. KC, 3 at DET, 3 at KC

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Indians (91-63, .591)

Yesterday's result: Won 5-2 vs. PHI

Where they stand: The Indians trail the Twins by four games for the division lead, and are tied with the Rays for the second AL Wild Card spot, two games behind the AL Wild Card-leading A's.

Key tiebreakers: After losing the season series to the Rays, the Indians would have to travel to Tampa Bay for the tiebreaker game if the two clubs finish tied for the second AL Wild Card.

Today's schedule: vs. PHI, 7:10 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 vs. PHI, 3 at CWS, 3 at WSH

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

Astros (101-53, .656)

Yesterday's result: Won 6-4 vs. LAA

Where they stand: The Astros lead the A’s by eight games in the division race, and they win the tiebreaker with the Yankees for the top AL playoff seed. Houston leads New York by 1 1/2 games for baseball's best record.

Magic number: 1 for AL West

Key tiebreakers: Hold second tiebreaker (intra-divisional record) over Dodgers for home field in World Series. Hold tiebreaker over Yankees for HFA through ALCS.

Today's schedule: vs. LAA, 7:10 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 vs. LAA, 2 at SEA, 4 at LAA

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Athletics (93-61, .604)

Yesterday's result: Won 8-0 vs. TEX

Where they stand: The A’s trail the Astros by eight games in the AL West, and they lead the Indians and Rays by two games for the top AL Wild Card position.

Today's schedule: vs. TEX, 9:07 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 vs. TEX, 2 at LAA, 4 at SEA

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NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves (95-60, .613)

Yesterday's result: Won 6-0 vs. SF

Where they stand: With their victory Friday night, the Braves clinched the NL East crown for the second straight season. They are 4 1/2 games behind the Dodgers for the top playoff seed in the NL.

Magic number: Clinched NL East

Key tiebreakers: Dodgers hold the tiebreaker over the Braves for home-field advantage through the NL Championship Series.

Today's schedule: vs. SF, 7:20 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 vs. SF, 2 at KC, 3 at NYM

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Nationals (84-68, .553)

Yesterday's result: Won 6-4 vs. MIA

Where they stand: The Nationals hold a one-game lead over the Brewers for the top NL Wild Card berth.

Today's schedule: at MIA, 6:10 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 at MIA, 5 vs. PHI, 3 vs. CLE

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Mets (80-73, .523)

Yesterday’s result: Won 8-1 vs. CIN

Where they stand: The Mets are 3 1/2 games behind the Brewers for the second NL Wild Card spot.

Today’s schedule: at CIN, 4:10 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 at CIN, 4 vs. MIA, 3 vs. ATL

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NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

Cardinals (87-67, .565)

Yesterday's result: Won 2-1 vs. CHC

Where they stand: The Cardinals lead the division by three games over the Brewers. They would have to overcome a 7 1/2-game deficit to the Braves to grab home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.

Magic number: 6 for NL Central

Today's schedule: at CHC, 2:20 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 at CHC, 3 at ARI, 3 vs. CHC

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Brewers (84-70, .545)

Yesterday's result: Won 10-1 vs. PIT

Where they stand: The Brewers hold a two-game lead over the Cubs for the second NL Wild Card spot, and they trail the Nationals by one game for home-field advantage in the NL Wild Card Game. Milwaukee sits three games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central.

Today's schedule: vs. PIT, 7:10 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 vs. PIT, 3 at CIN, 3 at COL

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Cubs (82-72, .532)

Yesterday's result: Lost 2-1 vs. STL

Where they stand: The Cubs trail the Brewers by two games for the second NL Wild Card spot and are five games behind the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central.

Today's schedule: vs. STL, 2:20 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 vs. STL, 3 at PIT, 3 at STL

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NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

Dodgers (99-55, .643)

Yesterday’s result: Won 12-5 vs. COL

Where they stand: The Dodgers have clinched the NL West. They lead Atlanta by 4 1/2 games for the NL’s top playoff seed.

Magic number: Clinched NL West

Key tiebreakers: Yankees hold tiebreaker (head-to-head) over Dodgers for home field in World Series. Astros hold second tiebreaker (intra-divisional record, did not play head-to-head) over Dodgers for HFA in World Series. Dodgers hold tiebreaker over Braves for HFA through NLCS.

Today’s schedule: vs. COL, 9:10 p.m. ET

What’s ahead: 2 vs. COL, 3 at SD, 3 at SF

(Note: Magic Number totals are courtesy of Southern Methodist University's RIOT formulas, which accounts for teams' schedules in addition to their place in the standings)