2022 MLB playoffs: Clinching scenarios, bracket and schedule

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 2:33AM

There are still two days left to go in the 2022 MLB regular season, but all 12 teams have secured playoff berths and will spend their final games fighting for seeding.

The Los Angeles Dodgersofficially secured the season's first playoff berth, and the Houston Astros,New York Mets, Atlanta Braves,New York Yankees,Cleveland Guardiansand St. Louis Cardinalsfollowed next. The Toronto Blue Jays,Tampa Bay Rays,Seattle MarinersandSan Diego PadresandPhiladelphia Philliesthen clinched the remaining spots.

Where do the current playoff matchups stand? What series should you be paying attention to in the final week? And what does the playoff schedule look like? We have everything you need to know as the regular season winds down.

Key links: Standings| Wild-card standings | New tiebreaker format

What are this October's MLB playoff matchups as it stands now?

American League

Wild-card round: (6) Rays* at (3) Guardians*, (5) Mariners* at (4) Blue Jays*

ALDS: Rays/Guardians vs. (2) Yankees*, Mariners/Blue Jays vs. (1) Astros*

National League

Wild-card round: (6) Phillies* at (3) Cardinals*, (5) Padres* at (4) Mets*

NLDS: Phillies/Cardinals vs. (2) Braves*, Padres/Mets vs. (1) Dodgers*

*Clinched playoff berth

Who is in?

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgerssecured the season's first playoff berth -- L.A.'s 10th straight trip to the postseason -- on Sept. 12 and followed that byclinching the NL Westwith a win in Arizona the next day.

Houston Astros

The Astros became the second team to clinch a postseason berth on Sept. 16 and followed it up by clinching the AL West title, which is Houston's fifth division crown in the past six seasons, on Sept. 19.

New York Mets

The Mets clinched a playoff spotwith Max Scherzer's 200th career win in Milwaukee on Sept. 19. This is the team's first playoff appearance since 2016.

Atlanta Braves

The defending champion Braves clinched a return to the postseason the day after the Mets and followed it up by taking their fifth straight NL East crown.

New York Yankees

The Yankees secured their sixth straight playoff berth with a walk-off win over the Red Sox on Sept. 22 and then wrapped up the AL East title with a win at Toronto five days later.

Cleveland Guardians

The Guardians clinched the AL Central for the first time since 2018 with a 10-4 win over Texas on Sept. 25, becoming the sixth team to secure a postseason berth.

St. Louis Cardinals

With a win over the division-rival Brewers on Sept. 27, the Cardinals took home the NL Central title and secured a playoff spot.

Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays were able to clinch one of five remaining wild-card berths with an Orioles loss on Sept. 29, despite not playing a game that day.

Seattle Mariners

Seattle ended the sport's longest postseason drought with a walk-off victory on Sept. 30. The Mariners will play their first playoff game since2001 as a wild-card team with seeding still left to be determined in the final days.

Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay extended the longest postseason streak in franchise history and earned a playoff spot for the eighth time, all since 2008, on the same day as Seattle.

San Diego Padres

Despite losing to the White Sox, San Diego clinched its first playoff berth in a full season since 2006 with Milwaukee's loss to Miami on Oct. 2.

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies clinched the season's final playoff berth on Monday night, ending their own 11-year postseason drought.

Playoff schedule

Wild Card Series

Best of three, all games at better seed's stadium

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 7

Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 8

Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 9*

Division Series

Best of five


Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 11

Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 13

Game 3: Saturday Oct. 15

Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 16*

Game 5: Monday, Oct. 17*


Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 11

Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 12

Game 3: Friday, Oct. 14

Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 15*

Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 16*

League Championship Series

Best of seven


Game 1: Wednesday, Oct. 19

Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 20

Game 3: Saturday Oct. 22

Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 23

Game 5: Monday, Oct. 24*

Game 6: Tuesday, Oct. 25*

Game 7: Wednesday Oct. 26*


Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 18

Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 19

Game 3: Friday, Oct. 21

Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 22

Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 23*

Game 6: Monday, Oct. 24*

Game 7: Tuesday, Oct. 25*

World Series

Best of seven

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 28

Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 29

Game 3: Monday, Oct. 31

Game 4: Tuesday, Nov. 1

Game 5: Wednesday, Nov. 2*

Game 6: Friday, Nov. 4*

Game 7: Saturday, Nov. 5*

* If necessary