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Postseason Picture: Where we are right now

A closer look at the divisions, Wild Cards and tiebreakers
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The Dodgers scored a huge 8-2 win over the Rockies to move back into first place by a half-game in the National League West, while Colorado saw its NL MVP candidate, Trevor Story, leave the game with elbow soreness. The clubs resume this crucial series at Dodger Stadium beginning tonight at 10:10 p.m. ET.  

Meanwhile, the Cubs and Brewers both won big to keep pace in the NL Central, with Milwaukee still 2 1/2 games behind Chicago for the division lead. With the Cardinals also winning in Atlanta, St. Louis pulled ahead of the Rockies by half a game for the second NL Wild Card spot, three games behind the Brewers.

The Dodgers scored a huge 8-2 win over the Rockies to move back into first place by a half-game in the National League West, while Colorado saw its NL MVP candidate, Trevor Story, leave the game with elbow soreness. The clubs resume this crucial series at Dodger Stadium beginning tonight at 10:10 p.m. ET.  

Meanwhile, the Cubs and Brewers both won big to keep pace in the NL Central, with Milwaukee still 2 1/2 games behind Chicago for the division lead. With the Cardinals also winning in Atlanta, St. Louis pulled ahead of the Rockies by half a game for the second NL Wild Card spot, three games behind the Brewers.

Postseason bracket

In the Junior Circuit, the Astros' loss to the Mariners reduced their AL West lead to four games over the A's, who had an off-day. The Yankees also rested Monday, and still hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the A's in the Wild Card standings. The Rays' win over the Rangers pulled them to within 6 1/2 games of Oakland for the second Wild Card spot.  

Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the playoff picture, recapping Monday's action and taking a look at where each contender stands heading into today. Within each division, clubs are listed in order of current standing.

Explaining tiebreaker scenarios for '18 postseason

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

RED SOX (103-47, .687)

Status: Clinched postseason berth. Lead NYY by 11 1/2 games for division title and HOU by 9 games for best record in MLB.

Yesterday's result: Off

Key tiebreaker: Boston currently sits in front of AL West-leading Houston, but in the event the Astros catch the Sox, the season series would determine home field in a potential postseason matchup. By winning two of three against the Red Sox in Boston last weekend, the Astros won the season series, 4-3.

Today's schedule: at NYY (1:10 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Tuesday-Thursday at NYY, Sept. 21-23 at CLE, Sept. 28-30 vs. NYY

YANKEES (91-58, .611)

Status: Trail BOS by 11 1/2 games in AL East; lead OAK by 1 1/2 game for first AL Wild Card.

Yesterday's result: Off

Key tiebreaker: If the Yankees and A's tie for the two AL Wild Card spots, home field in the Wild Card Game would go to the winner of the season series, but with each club having won three games, the tiebreaker would go to the club with the better intradivision record. The Yankees (35-28 vs. AL East) hold a lead over the A's (33-34 vs. AL West) in that regard.

Today's schedule: vs. BOS (1:10 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Tuesday-Thursday vs. BOS, Sept. 28-30 at BOS

AL CENTRAL

INDIANS (83-66, .557)

Status: Won AL Central; trail HOU by 10 1/2 games for No. 2 seed in AL.

Yesterday's result: Off

Key tiebreaker: If Cleveland were to pull even with Houston, it still would not host Game 1 of the ALDS, since the Astros took the season series, 4-3.

Today's schedule: vs. CWS (7:10 p.m. ET) 

Key series remaining: Sept. 21-23 vs. BOS

AL WEST

ASTROS (94-56, .627)

Status: Lead OAK by four games; lead CLE by 10 1/2 games for home field in ALDS; trail BOS by 9 games for the AL's best record.

Yesterday's result: Lost to SEA, 4-1. Recap >

Key tiebreaker: If Cleveland pulls even with Houston, the Astros still would host Game 1 of the ALDS, since they took the season series, 4-3. In the event of a tie with Oakland atop the AL West, the Astros would host a one-game tiebreaker by virtue of taking the season series, 12-7.

Today's schedule: vs. SEA (8:10 p.m. ET)

Video: SEA@HOU: Marisnick dives for 2 superb grabs in 8th

ATHLETICS (90-60, .600)

Status: Trail HOU by 4 games in AL West and NYY by 1 1/2 game for first AL Wild Card; lead TB by 6 1/2 games for second AL Wild Card.

Yesterday's result: Off 

Key tiebreaker: If the A's and Yankees tie for the two AL Wild Card spots, home field in the Wild Card Game would go to the winner of the season series, but with both teams having won three games, the tiebreaker would go to the club with the better intradivision record. The Yankees (35-28 vs. AL East) hold a lead over the A's (33-34 vs. AL West) in that regard. If the A's tie the Astros for the AL West crown, Houston would host a one-game tiebreaker by virtue of taking the season series, 12-7.

Today's schedule: vs. LAA (10:05 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Sept. 24-26 at SEA

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

BRAVES (83-67, .553)

Status: Lead PHI by 6 1/2 games in NL East; trail CHC by 5 games for No. 1 seed in NL; lead COL by 1/2 game for No. 2 seed in NL.

Yesterday's result: Lost to STL, 11-6. Recap >

Key tiebreaker: A tie for the division crown would necessitate a tiebreaker game, and the Braves currently have the edge on the Phillies for home field in such a game. Atlanta leads the season series, 7-5, but the clubs have seven games remaining against each other. In the event of a tie for the best record in the NL, the higher seed would be determined by intradivision record, since the Braves and Cubs each won three games apiece in the season series. Atlanta (43-23) currently leads Chicago (37-32) in that department.

Today's schedule: vs. STL (7:35 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Monday-Wednesday vs. STL, Sept. 20-23 vs. PHI, Sept. 28-30 at PHI

Video: STL@ATL: Freeman crushes 2-run homer into the bullpen

PHILLIES (76-73, .510)

Status: Trail ATL by 6 1/2 games in NL East; 6 games out of the second NL Wild Card berth behind STL and COL.

Yesterday's result: Lost to NYM, 9-4. Recap >

Key tiebreaker: A tie for the division crown would necessitate a tiebreaker game, and the Braves currently have the edge on the Phillies for home field in such a game. Philadelphia trails the season series, 7-5, but the clubs have seven games remaining against each other.

Today's schedule: vs. NYM (7:05 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Sept. 20-23 at ATL, Sept. 24-27 at COL, Sept. 28-30 vs. ATL

Video: NYM@PHI: Crawford clears the bases with a triple

NL CENTRAL

CUBS (88-62, .587)

Status: Lead MIL by 2 1/2 games and STL by 5 1/2 games in NL Central; lead ATL by 5 games for No. 1 seed in NL.

Yesterday's result: Beat ARI, 5-1. Recap >

Key tiebreaker: In the event of a tiebreaker game for the division title, the Cubs would have home-field advantage over the Brewers, by virtue of their 11-8 record vs. Milwaukee in the season series. In the event of a tie for the best record in the NL, the higher seed would be determined by intradivision record, since the Cubs and Braves each won three games apiece in the season series. Atlanta (43-23) currently leads Chicago (37-32) in that department.

Today's schedule: at ARI (9:40 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Monday-Wednesday at ARI, Sept. 28-30 vs. STL

Video: CHC@ARI: Deshaies predicts Bryant's 2-run homer

BREWERS (86-65, .570)

Status: Trail CHC by 2 1/2 games in NL Central; lead STL by 3 games for first NL Wild Card.

Yesterday's result: Beat CIN, 8-0. Recap >

Key tiebreaker: The Brewers' final three-game series against the Cardinals on Sept. 24-26 will determine the winner of the season series -- currently tied at 8-8 -- and who would have home-field advantage in the Wild Card Game if the two clubs finished tied for both Wild Card spots.

Today's schedule: vs. CIN (7:40 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Sept. 24-26 at STL

Video: CIN@MIL: Yelich notches his 2nd cycle of '18 vs. Reds

CARDINALS (83-68, .550)

Status: Trail CHC by 5 1/2 games in NL Central; lead COL by a half-game for second NL Wild Card spot, 3 games behind Milwaukee for top NL Wild Card spot.

Yesterday's result: Beat ATL, 11-6. Recap > 

Key tiebreaker: The Cardinals' final three-game series against the Brewers on Sept. 24-26 will determine the winner of the season series -- currently tied at 8-8 -- and thereby who would have home-field advantage in the NL Wild Card Game if the two clubs finished tied for both Wild Card spots. Should St. Louis finish tied with Colorado for the second NL Wild Card spot, the Cardinals would host a tiebreaker by virtue of winning the season series, 5-2.

Today's schedule: at ATL (7:35 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Monday-Wednesday at ATL, Sept. 24-26 vs. MIL, Sept. 28-30 at CHC

Video: STL@ATL: Mikolas K's 6 over 5 frames to earn 16th wi

NL WEST

DODGERS (83-68, .550)

Status: Lead COL by a half-game in NL West; trail ATL by a half-game for No. 2 seed in NL.

Yesterday's result: Beat COL, 8-2. Recap > 

Key tiebreaker: Should there be a tiebreaker game for the division title or the final NL Wild Card berth, Los Angeles is currently in position to host the Rockies (10-7 lead in season series) or play at Arizona (9-7 deficit), with more games left against both clubs. The Dodgers lost the season series to the Cardinals, 4-3, so in the event of a tie for a Wild Card spot, Los Angeles would play at St. Louis. 

Today's schedule: vs. COL (10:10 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Monday-Wednesday vs. COL, Sept. 24-26 at ARI

Video: COL@LAD: Pederson slugs 2 homers, makes great catch

ROCKIES (82-68, .547)

Status: Trail LAD by a half-game in NL West; half-game behind STL for second NL Wild Card spot. 

Yesterday's result: Lost to LAD, 8-2. Recap >

Key tiebreaker: In the event of a tie for first place in the division, there would be a tiebreaker game to determine the NL West champion. As things stand now, the Rockies would be on the road for such a game against the Dodgers due to the results of their season series against Los Angeles (7-10), and Colorado's season series with the D-backs is currently even at 8-8. However, the Rockies still have time to move ahead of the D-backs. 

Today's schedule: at LAD (10:10 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Monday-Wednesday at LAD, Sept. 21-23 at ARI

Video: COL@LAD: Story exits with injury mid at-bat in 4th

D-BACKS (78-73, .517)

Status: Trail LAD by 5 games in NL West and STL by 5 games for second NL Wild Card. 

Yesterday's result:  Lost to CHC, 5-1. Recap >

Key tiebreaker: If the D-backs finish tied for the division title or final NL Wild Card berth, season series would determine home-field advantage in an extra game for the right to advance to the NL Wild Card Game. Arizona leads its season series against Los Angeles (9-7) and is tied with Colorado (8-8) and St. Louis (3-3). The D-backs and Rockies meet for a final regular season series from Sept. 21-23 at Chase Field. Home field between Arizona and St. Louis would come down to intradivision record, with the Cardinals (40-30) currently leading the D-backs (36-32) in that race.

Today's schedule: vs. CHC (9:40 p.m. ET)

Key series remaining: Sept. 21-23 vs. COL, Sept. 24-26 vs. LAD

Video: CHC@ARI: Pollock belts a solo homer to right in 9th

POSTSEASON PICTURE

If the playoffs began today, here's how they would look:

Postseason schedule

NL Wild Card Game (Tues., Oct. 2)
Cardinals at Brewers

AL Wild Card Game (Wed., Oct. 3)
Athletics at Yankees

NL Division Series (begins Thurs., Oct. 4)
NL Wild Card Game winner at Cubs
Dodgers at Braves

AL Division Series (begins Fri., Oct. 5)
AL Wild Card Game winner at Red Sox
Indians at Astros

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.

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