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2021 MLB standings: updated playoff chart, magic numbers as of Sept. 21



The 2021 MLB season is rapidly drawing to a close, and as it draws to a close, several postseason races have attracted most of the attention.

All but two divisional races seem close. The Braves rose to first place in August and remain in first place in early September with the Phillies and Mets not far behind them. The Giants have quietly been the best team in baseball for most of the season, but they find themselves holding back an incredibly talented Dodgers team in the NL West.

Both races for the wild card appear to be fights to the finish. In the American League, the Red Sox and Yankees entered September clinging to the top two spots, but have faced pressure from the Blue Jays, Mariners and Athletics. The team that finishes second in the NL West is almost guaranteed to finish the first wild card, but second place is wide open as the Reds, Padres, Phillies, Cardinals and Mets are all within striking distance of one. of the other.

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Sporting News is following the MLB rankings as the season ends. This is all you need to know before the final stretch of the campaign.

2021 MLB Standings

American League playoff group

Classification updated after the games played on Tuesday, September 21

Seed Team Division Record Percentage
1 Ray this 93-59 .612
2 Astros West 90-61 .596
3 white sock Central 85-66 .563
4 (WC) red stockings this 87-65 .572
5 (WC) Tiles this 85-66 .563

American League Wild Card Positions

  • WC1: Red Sox, 87-65 (.572)
  • WC2: Tiles, 85-66 (.563)

  • Yankees, 85-67 (.559), 0.5
  • Athletics, 82-69 (.550), 3 GB
  • Sailors 82-69 (.540), 3GB
  • Indians 74-76 (.493), 10.5 GB
  • Tigers, 74-78 (.487), 11.5 GB
  • Angels, 72-79 (.477), 13 GB
  • Royalty, 69-83 (.454), REDACTED
  • Twins, 66-85 (.437), REDACTED
  • Forest ranger 55-96 (.364), DELETED
  • Orioles, 48-103 (.318), DELETED

National League playoff draw

Classification updated after the games played on Tuesday, September 21

Seed Team Division Record Percentage
1 Giants West 98-53 .649
2 Brewers Central 91-60 .603
3 Braves this 79-70 .530
4 (WC) Dodgers West 97-54 .642
5 (WC) Cardinals Central 81-69 .540

National League Wild Card Positions

  • WC1: Dodgers, 97-54 (.642)
  • WC2: Cardinals 81-69 (.540)

  • Reds, 78-74 (.513), 4 GB
  • Phillies, 77-74 (.510), 4.5 GB
  • Parents, 76-74 (.507), 5 GB
  • Mets, 73-78 (.483), 8.5 GB
  • Rocky Mountains, 70-80 (.467), 11 GB
  • Puppies 67-84 (.444), REDACTED
  • Marlins, 64-87 (.424), DELETED
  • Nationals 62-89 (.411), DELETED
  • Pirates 57-94 (.377), DELETED
  • Diamondbacks, 48-103 (.318), DELETED

MLB magic numbers for 2021

This is the part where fans of teams in playoff venues, or those outside, really start using calculators. The magic number is the combination of a team’s wins and / or losses by its closest competitor needed to clinch a playoff spot.

The magic number is listed for each team that leads the division to claim the title, and the elimination number is listed for the teams that are behind in the division. The same information is provided for those looking for the wildcard. The information comes from MLB.com.

Updated after the games on Tuesday, September 21

At least

Rays, 5 / x

Red Sox, x / 5

Tiles, x / 4

Yankees, x / 3

Orioles, x / x

AL Central

White Sox, 2 / x

Indians, x / 2

Tigers, x / x

Real, x / x

Twins, x / x

To West

Astros, 4 / x

Athletics, x / 4

Sailors, x / 4

Angels, x / x

Ranger, x / x

AL joker

Red Sox, 12.5 / x

Tiles, 11 / x

Yankees, x / 9

Athletics, x / 9

Sailors, x / 9

Indians, x / 2

Tigers, x / x

Angels, x / x

Real, x / x

Twins, x / x

Ranger, x / x

Orioles, x / x

NL East

Braves, 10 / x

Phillies, x / 10

Mets, x / 6

Marlins, x / x

Nationals, x / x

NL Central

Brewers, 3 / PLAYOFFS CLINCHADOS

Cardinals, x / 3

Reds, x / x

Cubs, x / x

Pirates, x / x

NL West

Giants, 11 / CLINCHED PLAYOFFS

Dodgers, x / 11

Parents, x / x

Rocky Mountains, x / x

Diamondbacks, x / x

Wild card NL

Dodgers, playoffs closed

Cardinals, 8 / x

Reds, x / 8

Phillies, x / 8

Parents, x / 8

Mets, x / 4

Rocky Mountains, x / 2

Cubs, x / x

Marlins, x / x

Nationals, x / x

Pirates, x / x

Diamondbacks, x / x




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