Deciding scenarios, arc and timeline

There are still weeks left to go in the MLB 2022 regular season, but quite a few teams – especially the Los Angeles Dodgers – are already looking towards October.

The Dodgers have officially earned their first playoff berth of the season. Now the Houston Astros, the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves, to name a few, are on track to secure their post-season spots sooner than their peers. Meanwhile, clubs like the Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres are vying for the remaining spots.

Besides the division races, there are many more storylines to watch as the regular season ends and October begins, such as Seattle’s attempt to break a 21-year drought, Aaron JudgeThe race to 62 home runs and Albert PujolsFind 700 home jobs.

Where do the current qualifying matches stand? What series should you watch out for next week? When do the Dodgers snatch NL West? What does the match schedule look like? We’ve got everything you need to know as the regular season comes to an end.

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What are the MLB playoffs for the current month of October as they are now?

American League

Wild Card Tour: (6) Rays in (3) Guardians, (5) Sailors in (4) Blue Jays

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

National League

Wild Card Tour: (6) Padres in (3) Cardinals, (5) Phillies in (4) Braves

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

* Won the play-off berth


Who is he?

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers secured their first playoff berth of the season — Los Angeles’s 10th consecutive post-season trip — with a win in Arizona on Monday night followed by an NL West grab on Tuesday.


Who could be next?

Houston Astros

The Astros could become the second team to snatch a post-season berth with wins over Auckland on Thursday (7:20 p.m. ET) and Friday (8:10 p.m. ET). With a comfortable edge over the Seattle Mariners in the AL West race, Houston began the countdown to winning possibly a fifth consecutive title.


Next main series

Twins in Guardians: September 16-19

The Red-hot Cleveland hosts Minnesota for five games in a nine-game winning streak for the Guardians against the two teams they chase at AL Central.

Yankees at Brewers: September 16-18

New York is looking to add to its AL East lead while Milwaukee’s post-season hopes will likely return to the wild card race entering a three-game series between the contenders.

Phillies at Braves: September 16-18

The spirited Phillies narrowed the gap with the top two teams in NL East as Philly and Atlanta started their first two matches.

Dodgers at the Giants: September 16-18

The Dodgers’ run to MLB’s best record, ranked No. 1 this post-season, continues with a three-game match against the giants.


Match schedule

wild card tour
Top Three, all matches on the top seed court

First match: Friday 7 October
Game Two: Saturday, October 8
Third game: Sunday 9 October *

Partition String
top five

ALDS
First match: Tuesday, October 11th
Game Two: Thursday, October 13th
Third match: Saturday 15 October
Fourth game: Sunday 16 October *
Fifth game: Monday 17 October *

NLDS
First match: Tuesday, October 11th
Game Two: Thursday, October 13th
Third match: Saturday 15 October
Fourth game: Sunday 16 October *
Fifth game: Monday 17 October *

Partition String
top five

ALCS
First match: Wednesday, October 19th
Game Two: Thursday, October 20
Third match: Saturday 22 October
Fourth game: Sunday, October 23
Game 5: Monday, October 24 *
Game 6: Tuesday 25 October *
Game 7: Wednesday 26 October *

NLCS
First match: Tuesday, October 18
Second match: Wednesday, October 19th
Third match: Friday, October 21
Fourth game: Saturday 22 October
Game 5: Monday, October 24 *
Game 6: Tuesday 25 October *
Game 7: Wednesday 26 October *

World Championship
best seven

First match: Friday, October 28
Second match: Saturday 29 October
Third game: Monday, October 31
Fourth match: Tuesday, November 1
Game 5: Wednesday 2 November *
Game 6: Friday 4 November *
Game 7: Saturday 5 November *

* If necessary

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