2023 MLB playoff picture, standings, postseason projections: Rangers back in 12-team field with winning streak

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There are less than 20 days remaining in the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season, and the MLB playoff picture will be set by Oct. 1. One team — the MLB-leading Atlanta Braves — has already clinched a postseason spot, and teams will start having champagne showers to celebrate division titles in the coming days. The Braves, Dodgers and Twins have all but officially sewn up their respective divisions, while the Orioles, Astros, Brewers and hoping to stay in first place over the next two-plus weeks.
The wild-card races figure to add the most drama about who will make the 12-team postseason field. The Rays have created a lot of separation between the pack and will be locked into the No. 4 seed in the American League if they can’t track down the Orioles in the AL East. It’s a three-team fight for other two AL wild-card spots with the Blue Jays, Rangers and Mariners battling. The Rangers have seemingly snapped out of their funk and have won four games in a row to get back in the field.
The NL wild-card chase features an even more crowded field. The Phillies currently have the No. 4 seed and are trying to keep distance between themselves and the Cubs. Four teams — the Diamondbacks, Marlins, Giants and Reds — have been jostling for the sixth and final NL playoff spot for weeks. Arizona enters Wednesday with a one-game lead.
The 2023 MLB playoff picture is also notable for who is not in it. The Yankees, Mets, Padres and Cardinals — all playoff teams in 2022 and expected contenders in 2023 — have had disappointing years that will end with the regular season. The Angels saw their playoff hopes dashed in a dismal August. The Halos crashed out of the race while learning Shohei Ohtani will not pitch again this season with a torn UCL in his right elbow.
As a reminder, MLB now uses a 12-team playoff format with the three division winners and three wild card teams in both leagues qualifying for the postseason. The two division winners with the best records in each league get byes to the League Division Series round, while the other eight teams square off in a best-of-three Wild Card Series.
Who’s clinched?
Braves: Clinched playoff berth
Here’s a look at the MLB standings and playoff picture for the 12-team postseason as of this morning. All division and postseason odds are courtesy of SportsLine, and you can check out the expanded standings here.
2023 MLB playoff picture
American League
Byes
No. 1 Orioles and No. 2 Astros
Wild Card Series
No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Mariners
No. 4 Rays vs. No. 5 Rangers
National League
Byes
No. 1 Braves and No. 2 Dodgers
Wild Card Series
No. 3 Brewers vs. No. 6 Diamondbacks
No. 4 Phillies vs. No. 5 Cubs
American League standings
AL EAST W L GB DIV POST Baltimore 91 53 — 79.7% 100.0% Tampa Bay 89 57 3.0 20.3% 99.8% Toronto 80 65 11.5 0.0% 57.9% Boston 73 72 18.5 0.0% <1.0% N.Y. Yankees 73 72 18.5 0.0% <1.0% AL CENTRAL W L GB DIV POST Minnesota 76 69 — 99.7% 99.7% Cleveland 69 77 7.5 <1.0% <1.0% Detroit 66 78 9.5 0.0% 0.0% Chi. White Sox - e 55 89 20.0 0.0% 0.0% Kansas City - e 45 101 31.5 0.0% 0.0% AL WEST W L GB DIV POST Houston 82 64 -- 71.3% 97.0% Texas 80 64 1.0 9.3% 70.0% Seattle 80 65 1.5 18.6% 73.9% L.A. Angels 68 78 14.0 0.0% 0.0% Oakland - e 46 99 35.5 0.0% 0.0% National League standings NL EAST W L GB DIV POST Atlanta 95 50 — 100.0% 100.0% Philadelphia 79 66 16.0 0.0% 98.5% Miami 74 71 21.0 0.0% 22.3% N.Y. Mets 66 78 28.5 0.0% <1.0% Washington 65 80 30.0 0.0% 0.0% NL CENTRAL W L GB DIV POST Milwaukee 81 63 — 91.2% 99.9% Chi. Cubs 78 68 4.0 8.7% 88.8% Cincinnati 75 71 7.0 0.0% 26.3% Pittsburgh 67 78 14.5 0.0% 0.0% St. Louis 64 81 17.5 0.0% 0.0% NL WEST W L GB DIV POST L.A. Dodgers 88 56 — 100.0% 100.0% Arizona 76 70 13.0 0.0% 39.5% San Francisco 74 71 14.5 0.0% 24.6% San Diego 68 78 21.0 0.0% <1.0% Colorado - e 52 92 36.0 0.0% 0.0% Wild-card standings American League TEAM W L WCGB Tampa Bay 89 57 +9.0 Texas 80 64 +0.5 Seattle 80 65 -- Toronto 80 65 -- National League

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