The hunt to play baseball in October is heating up.
A handful of MLB division races could come down to the wire, and each wild-card spot is still up for grabs.
Here’s where the playoff race stands in both leagues through Wednesday night.
The Los Angeles Dodgers (103-46) own the best record in the sport and clinched the division title last Tuesday. The San Diego Padres (83-66) hold the second wild card.
The New York Mets (95-56) and Atlanta Braves (93-56) are in a slugfest for the NL East, with New York a game ahead of Atlanta. Both teams have clinched playoff berths, but neither has secured the division. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies (81-67) are third in the NL wild-card picture.
The St. Louis Cardinals (87-63) have been one of the hottest teams since the All-Star break and subsequently powered themselves to the top of the NL Central. On the other hand, the Milwaukee Brewers (79-70) are 7.5 games out of first in the division and two games out of the wild card.
NL WILD-CARD STANDINGS
No. 1: Atlanta Braves (clinched playoff spot)
No. 2: San Diego Padres
No. 3: Philadelphia Phillies
The Houston Astros (99-51) clinched the AL West, while the Seattle Mariners (81-67) are the third AL wild card.
The New York Yankees (90-58) remain atop the AL East, holding a 6.5-game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays (84-64). N.Y. can clinch a playoff spot with a win or Orioles loss. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Rays (82-67) are 5.5 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (77-71).
In a division that has changed all summer, the Cleveland Guardians (82-67) are six games ahead of the Chicago White Sox (76-73). The Minnesota Twins (73-76), who were atop the division throughout the first half, are now nine games out of first.
AL WILD-CARD STANDINGS
No. 1: Toronto Blue Jays
No. 2: Tampa Bay Rays
No. 3: Seattle Mariners
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