A little over seven weeks to go — 51 days to be exact — the picture of the MLB postseason is beginning to take shape.
On Monday, the league released its much-anticipated postseason schedule. The race for the World Series begins on Friday, October 7th.
There’s still a fair bit of the regular season left, but we’re starting to get an idea of which teams are likely to make it through.
If the 2022 MLB postseason begins today, hypothetically, this is what the tournament class would look like.
The new postseason format features 12 teams (six from each league), an increase from the 10 teams in the previous structure. Three division winners and three wildcard teams per league form the quota.
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The first round of the 2022 MLB postseason will be a best-of-three wildcard series on both sides of the spectrum. This series will feature the third best division winner on both sides (3rd place) and the three wild card teams.
The team with the best record among the wild card teams will be No. 4. The second best record holder is seeded 5th and the third best wild card team is seeded 6th. The third best player competes against the sixth, while the fourth and fifth players form the other pairing.
In the American League, AL Central leaders the Cleveland Guardians meet the league’s current best wildcard record holder, the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Seattle Mariners are currently fourth seed. Based on our hypothetical end-of-season implications today, they will face the Tampa Bay Rays.
The No. 3 vs. No. 6 winner (currently Guardians vs. Blue Jays) will take on the current No. 2 seed, the New York Yankees. Given that the Yankees held the best record in MLB not so long ago, their drop in starting position shows just how far they’ve fallen in recent weeks.
Ahead of the No. 4 vs. No. 6 winner (currently Mariners vs. Rays) is AL’s all-time record holder, the Houston Astros. The two ALDS winners then compete in a seven-match set for the ALCS.
On the National League side, the St. Louis Cardinals are currently No. 3 and they are awaiting the No. 6 San Diego Padres. The fourth-ranked Atlanta Braves and fifth-ranked Philadelphia Phillies will complete the wild card bracket.
The No. 3 vs. No. 6 winner (currently Cardinals vs. Padres) meets the No. 2 seed, the New York Mets. With the Mets drubbing 13-1 against the Atlanta Braves last night, some fans couldn’t resist taking a cheap shot.
MLB’s benchmark team this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers, will take on the No. 4 vs. No. 5 winner (currently Braves vs. Phillies). The two NLDS winners will then battle it out for the NLCS crown.
The ALDS and NLDS winners will compete to determine the 2022 World Series Champion. The seven-game set begins Oct. 28 and ends Nov. 5, making it the newest postseason game in MLB history.
However, there is still a lot to do before October 7th. This hypothetical bracket reflects the possible state of affairs, but is by no means definitive.
Things can change very quickly, especially on the wild card front. What we do know for sure is that a nerve-wracking but exciting ending awaits us, perhaps one that will last forever.
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