If there’s one thing baseball fans and pundits can agree on, it’s that there’s nothing quite like the playoffs. With every pitch, you can cut the tension inside the stadium with a knife. Sometimes, even watching on TV doesn’t do it justice. If you can get your hands on cheap MLB playoff tickets — and your team happens to be playing! —you’ll have the sporting experience of a lifetime. With fewer than three weeks left in the season, here’s a look at the chances of each team making it the playoffs.
Houston is coasting to yet another AL West title, and no one else in the division is able to keep up with them. They’re also one of the top betting favorites to win the World Series for the second time in three years.
Despite all of the injuries they’ve suffered this season, the Bronx Bombers are running away with the NL East. They’re also fighting with the Astros to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, which could be important if those two teams meet in the ALCS as they did in 2017.
With 90 wins and counting, nothing can keep Atlanta out of the playoffs for the second year in a row. The only lingering question is whether the Braves are ready to make a deep run after losing in the NLDS last year.
The Dodgers were the first team to officially clinch their division, winning the NL West for the seventh straight season. The key is staying sharp until October, so they can reach the World Series for a third straight year.
Only the most monumental of collapses can stop the Twins from winning the AL Central. Even so, they’ll be underdogs in the postseason, as most expect elite October pitching to neutralize their incredible power.
The Cardinals are slowly pulling away in the NL Central. Even if they falter down the stretch, they should have the Wild Card as their fallback. After a three-year absence, it’ll be nice to have St. Louis back in the playoffs.
The Nationals are poised to host the Wild Card Game in the National League. Of the six teams fighting for those two spots, they are in the best shape and could be dangerous if they survive the Wild Card Game.
Tampa Bay has somehow survived an extended period without aces Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow. Both are on their way back, which will help the Rays lock down a Wild Card spot and give them two possible starters in the Wild Card game.
The A’s are in a tight Wild Card race in the American League, but there’s a lot to like about their chances of getting there for the second year in a row.
Catching the Twins in the AL Central seems unlikely at this point. But the Indians have made a great run during the second half and are hoping they can overtake either Oakland or Tampa Bay in the Wild Card standings.
The Cubs are barely holding onto the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Losing Javier Baez and having a couple of other key players nursing minor injuries could make it tough for Chicago to hold off all four teams chasing them.
The loss of Christian Yelich is a massive blow to Milwaukee’s chances. But the Brewers are also one of the hottest teams in the National League, so it’s not over yet.
Arizona has come out of nowhere late in the season to get back into the Wild Card race, and they’ve done it with young pitching no one expected to be this good. But can they ride those young arms all the way to the Wild Card game?
If you think New York’s odds are low now, remember all the way back to late July when they were 10 games under .500 and buried. With their rotation, the Mets have a chance to win every game, and that’s what keeps them alive.
Have you seen Philadelphia’s bullpen? It’s less-than-stellar to put it kindly, and the team’s schedule down the stretch isn’t exactly favorable. Ultimately, the Phillies may have suffered a few too many injuries to overcome, despite all of their offseason spendings.