MLB Match Picture: Ranking, Arc, Matches, Projections, New Postseason Format Explained

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The 2022 season of Major League Baseball is approaching, and the focus is on the race for the playoffs. While the extended driving in our midst may not be the most we’ve ever experienced, it still hangs somewhat in the balance. The leader in the league Dodgers It became the first team to win a playoff match, and it did so last week (After some initial confusion). Then Los Angeles grabbed its ninth NL West title in 10 years.

The Astros became the second team to snatch Friday. It is likely that a file will follow them metsAnd the YankeesAnd the brave. The feud over NL East and AL Central is still fiercely contested, and in NL the parentsAnd the PhyllisAnd the bruer They compete for the last two points of the wild cards. In AL, the raysAnd the blue jaysAnd the sailors They are essentially locked in the three spots of the wild cards, vying for seed.

Now let’s move on to the detailed standings, current fixtures and post-season probabilities, and let’s also remember that the post-season structure is different starting this year.

The new 12-team format

During recent negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, players and owners agreed to a new and expanded post-season structure going forward. This new structure begins with the current season, and here’s a reminder of how it works.

  • Postseason Field grows from 10 teams to 12 teams with an additional wild player added per league.
  • The Wild Card Game has been replaced by the better of the three Wild Card Series, which serves as the first round of play. The top ranked in each Wild Card series will host all games of that series, be it two or three games max.
  • The two first division winners in each league, as determined by the best overall record during the regular season, receive a first round. This means that they advance directly to the best of five division series which acts as the second round.
  • The four participants in the wild card round in each league include the division winner with the worst record among the division winners and three non-division winners with the best records. This winning division is automatically ranked #3 regardless of whether one or all of the other far-card teams have a better record.
  • To summarize, here’s how the playoffs rankings work in each league – Top seed (goodbye to LDS): the league’s best record; Ranked #2 (Farewell to LDS): second-best record among divisional winners; Ranked #3: 3rd best record among class winners. Ranked #4: best record among wild card teams; Ranked #5: second best record among wild card teams; Ranked #6: 3rd best record among wild card teams.

The League Championship and World Championship remain the best of seven series with the domestic field advantage going to the team with the best record in each series. Note that there is no replanting after any round.

I understood you? Now that’s where things stand now when it comes to racing these anchors and seeds.

If the season ends today…

American League

  • Farewell: No. 1 Astros and No. 2 Yankees
  • Wild Card series: No. 5 Rays 4th Blue Jays (winner faces No. 1 seed)
  • Wild Card series: No. 6 Mariners in No. 3 guardians (The winner faces the second seed)

National League

  • Farewell: No. 1 Dodgers and No. 2 Mets
  • Wild Card series: No. 5 Padres at No. 4 Braves (winner faces No. 1 seed)
  • Wild Card series: No. 6 Phillies in No. 3 basics (The winner faces the second seed)

MLB . Ranking

(Post-season predictions taken from SportsLine; extended standings can be viewed over here)

Houston (caught on the playoff berth) 96 51 100.0%
Seattle 80 65 14.0 98.0%
LA Angels (Excluded) 64 82 31.5 0.0%
Texas (excluded) 63 83 31.5 0.0%
Auckland (exclusion) 53 94 42.0 0.0%

MLB Wild Card Ranking

Wild NL card W The WCGB
Atlanta 91 55 +11.0
San Diego 81 66 +0.5
Philadelphia 80 66
Milwaukee 78 68 2.0