MLB standings 2020: Updated playoff bracket, magic numbers as of Sept. 26

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MLB standings 2020: Updated playoff bracket, magic numbers as of Sept. 26


Sixteen of baseball’s 30 franchises will qualify for the 2020 postseason, which means every team within sniffing distance of the .500 mark will have at least a puncher’s chance of reaching October as we head into the final few weeks of September.

It’s a convoluted setup. If you want the full setup, this is your happy place. Here, we’re going to update the playoff seeds on a daily basis, so here’s the very basic seeding structure.

The first three seeds (1-3) in each league will go to division winners, ordered by record. The second trio of seeds (4-6) goes to the second-place finishers in each division, ordered by record. The final two seeds (7-8) go to the two wild-card teams.

Got it?

MORE: Explaining MLB’s expanded playoff format

Standings updated after games on Sept. 26

Standings updated after games on Sept. 26

What is a magic number? It’s the combination of games a team needs to win and/or its closest competitor needs to lose to clinch a playoff spot. The smaller the number, the better. Because of the complicated nature of the 2020 playoff field, there are separate magic numbers to clinch a division and to clinch a wild-card spot. Info comes from @MLBMagNum on Twitter.

Updated through games of Sept. 26

AL East
Rays, CLINCHED division
Yankees, x/CLINCHED
Blue Jays, x/CLINCHED
Orioles, x/x
Red Sox, x/x

AL Central
Twins, 1/CLINCHED
White Sox, 2/CLINCHED
Indians, x/CLINCHED
Tigers, x/x
Royals, x/x

AL West
A’s, CLINCHED division
Astros, x/CLINCHED
Angels, x/x
Mariners, x/x
Rangers, x/x

NL East
Braves, CLINCHED division
Marlins, x/CLINCHED
Phillies, x/2
Mets, x/x
Nationals, x/x

NL Central
Cubs, CLINCHED division
Cardinals, x/1
Reds, x/CLINCHED
Brewers, x/1
Pirates, x/x

NL West
Dodgers, CLINCHED division
Padres, x/CLINCHED
Giants, x/2
Rockies, x/x
Diamondbacks, x/x


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