What I am Listening to: USA TODAY Sports activities’ Bob Nightengale tells us what he is listening to referring to which MLB gamers will take house some on the finish of the season.

With lower than 3 weeks ultimate in Primary League Baseball’s common season, the playoff image is beginning to take form.

The Los Angeles Dodgers turned into the primary workforce to clinch a playoff spot on Tuesday with weeks to spare. They gained their 7th consecutive NL West name and did it in 146 video games — the fifth-fewest video games had to clinch a department within the Wild Card generation, consistent with the Elias Sports activities Bureau. 

Who is subsequent? The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros’ magic quantity to win their respective divisions take a seat at 8 video games. The Atlanta Braves’ magic quantity could also be 8 to clinch the NL East.

House box benefit? The Dodgers lead the Braves by way of 3 video games for the NL’s best playoff spot. Within the AL, the Yankees are a half-game forward of the Astros for the most efficient document.

Here is a take a look at the playoff image as of as of late and the groups’ playoff possibilities, consistent with Be aware: *clinched department:

American League 

East: (1) Yankees (95-51), 100%

Central: (three) Twins (89-56) 99.2%

West: (2) Astros (95-52), 100%

Wild Card Sport (Oct. 2)

Athletics at Rays 

Department Sequence (Oct. Four)

Rays-A’s winner at Astros

Twins at Yankees 

Wild Card standings

1. Rays (87-60), 71.7% … +Zero.five

2. A’s (86-60), 75.five% … —

three. Indians (86-61), 53.6% … -Zero.five GB

Nationwide League 

East: (2) Braves (91-56), 100%

Central: (three) Cardinals (81-64) 90.nine%

West: (1) Dodgers* (94-53)

Wild Card Sport (Oct. 1)

Cubs/ at Nationals

Department Sequence (Oct. three)

Cubs-Nationals winner at Dodgers

Cardinals at Braves

Wild Card standings

1. Nationals (80-64), 97.Zero% … +three.five

t-2. Cubs (77-68), 49.nine% … —

t-2. Brewers (77-68), 33.Four% … —

t-Four. Phillies (75-70), three.6% … 2 GB

t-Four. Mets (75-70), 19.nine% … 2 GB

6. Diamondbacks (75-70), five.three% … 2.five GB


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