MLB Playoffs 2021: Standing, Points, and Where to Watch

Published 10/01/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

As the MLB regular season inches closer to its end, the focus will soon shift towards the MLB playoffs. While some teams have already secured their spots in the battle for the World Series, there are a few others still vying for postseason spots.


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With three games left for each team in the regular season, here’s what the league standings look like.

Multiple teams are competing to make the MLB Playoffs in the American League


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Among the two leagues in the MLB, the American League looks the most interesting of the lot. Although the division winners are already clear, the race is on for the wildcard spots, as four teams are in contention.

Out of those four teams, three of them belong to the American League East. They are the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Seattle Mariners, who compete in the American League West, are the final team in the mix.

Following their second successive loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees slipped to a 91-70 record. In addition, the Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals to tie the Yankees.

The Blue Jays are now a game behind the Red Sox and the Yankees, with a 90-71 record. The same goes for the Mariners, following their 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

As winners of their respective divisions, the Tampa Bay Rays (AL East), the Chicago White Sox (AL Central) and the Houston Astros (AL West) have already qualified for the playoffs.

AL East Standings:

TeamWinLossGames Behind
Tampa Bay Rays (Q)10061
Boston Red Sox91709.0
New York Yankees91709.0
Toronto Blue Jays907110.0
Baltimore Orioles5210948.0

AL Central Standings:

TeamWinLossGames Behind
Chicago White Sox (Q)9368
Cleveland Indians798214.0
Detroit Tigers768517.0
Kansas City Royals748719.0
Minnesota Twins728921.0

AL West Standings:

TeamWinLossGames Behind
Houston Astros (Q)9467
Seattle Mariners90714.0
Oakland Athletics86758.0
Los Angeles Angels768518.0
Texas Rangers6010134.0

Only one battle remains in the National League

That battle is between the San Francisco Giants and the reigning World Series champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although both teams have qualified for the postseason, they are battling for top spot in the National League West. This is because the team which finishes second here will go to the wildcard game, where they will play the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Giants suffered another loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday, which sees them slip to a 105-56 record. The Dodgers capitalized on the Giants’ slip, beating the Milwaukee Brewers to move to within one game of the Giants. Should the same happen on Sunday, they will play a tie-breaker game to decide the winner of the NL West division.

They will join the Cardinals, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Atlanta Braves in the NL side of the playoffs.

NL East Standings:

TeamWinLossGames Behind
Atlanta Braves (Q)8773
Philadelphia Phillies82795.5
New York Mets778410.5
Miami Marlins669521.5
Washington Nationals659622.5

NL Central Standings:


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TeamWinLossGames Behind
Milwaukee Brewers (Q)9566
St. Louis Cardinals (Q)90715.0
Cincinnati Reds827913.0
Chicago Cubs709125.0
Pittsburgh Pirates6110034.0

NL West Standings:

TeamWinLossGames Behind
San Francisco Giants (Q)10655
Los Angeles Dodgers (Q)105561.0
San Diego Padres798226.0
Colorado Rockies748631.5
Arizona Diamondbacks5111055.0


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One can catch all the action unfold on five different channels. These channels are ESPN, FS1, TBS, Fox and the MLB Network. Apart from these TV options, fans can also watch the MLB Playoffs on YouTube TV and Hulu Plus Live TV with paid subscriptions.


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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.