The 2022 MLB season is only a month away, but it’s never too early to take a look at the playoff bracket. Because April games count as much in the standings as September games, the best teams in the league have been given a great opportunity to play baseball in October.
The new MLB playoff format has expanded the postseason from 10 to 12 teams. In addition to the three division winners from each league, the American League and National League will each have three wild-card teams.
The teams with the top two records in each league get a bye to the division series. The remaining eight MLB playoff teams will compete in the wild card round. The highest ranked team in each wild card matchup will host all games in a best-of-three series.
If the 2022 season ended after one month, the New York Yankees (18-7) and Los Angeles Angels (17-10) would receive an automatic ALDS berth. The Los Angeles Dodgers (16-7) and Milwaukee Brewers (18-8) would secure a spot in the NLDS.
The Yankees are the No. 1 seed in the American League and sit atop the overall MLB standings. New York just snapped an 11-game losing streak. Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge are tied for an MLB-high nine home runs. The Yankees lead the American League in runs per game and ERA.
It’s no surprise to see the Dodgers with the best record in the National League. The overwhelming World Series since the offseason, the Dodgers lead the MLB with a miniscule 2.21 ERA in 23 games.
The Minnesota Twins (15-11) lead the AL Central and are in line for home-field advantage in the wild-card round as the No. 3 seed. The Tampa Bay Rays (16-10 ) lead the AL wild card standings and would host a wild card series as the fourth seed.
Tampa Bay hosts the Toronto Blue Jays (16-11) in the final playoff bracket. The Houston Astros (15-11) are the AL’s final wild-card team and are on their way to visit Minnesota for a three-game series.
The New York Mets (19-9) are in the playoffs as the best team in the Eastern Division of the National League. They would host the St. Louis Cardinals (15-10) in a wild card series.
As the top wild card team, the San Diego Padres (17-9) are in line to host the Colorado Rockies (15-10).
The classification could change radically in the coming months. Despite possessing the best record in baseball, the Yankees are just three games ahead of the Blue Jays who are ranked third in the AL East. Both Toronto and Tampa Bay have a better record than the NL Central leader.
The Chicago White Sox (11-13) entered the season as heavy favorites to win the NL Central. Chicago is three games behind Minnesota in the division.
The Mets have the biggest division lead in baseball, leading the Miami Marlins (12-13) in second place by 5.5 games. If the NL East proves weak throughout the season, New York could seize the No. 1 seed.
The NL West has been the best division in baseball. No team in the division has a losing record after one month. The San Francisco Giants (14-11) are out of the playoff bracket but are just two fewer wins behind the Dodgers.
The NL Central appears to be a two-team race between the Brewers and Cardinals.