Which Teams Are in the MLB Playoffs? Full Bracket and Wild Card Series Matchups

The shortened MLB regular season is over and the field for the revamped and expanded postseason is set. Because of the changes the MLB implemented to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, 16 teams as opposed to the usual 10 have punched a ticket to the playoffs, which means the introduction of a new best-of-three Wild Card Series.

Here's the playoff bracket going into the Wild Card Series, which begins on Tuesday night.

American League

Tampa Bay Rays (40-20, .667)

The Rays clinched their second consecutive postseason berth and only their sixth in franchise history and will be go one step better after losing to the Houston Astros in the AL Division Series last season.

Chance of winning the World Series: 6.5 percent (ESPN), 10 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

Oakland Athletics (36-24, .600)

Oakland secured a third straight trip to the postseason and a first AL West title since 2013.

Chance of winning the World Series: 4.2 percent (ESPN), 5 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

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Jake Lamb #4 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Sean Murphy #12 after Lamb hit a solo home run against the Seattle Mariners in the bottom of the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 27 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty

Minnesota Twins (36-24, .600)

The Twins return to the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons and will be hoping to end a dismal run of form in the postseason, where they have lost 16 consecutive games since taking the opener of the AL Division Series in 2004.

Chance of winning the World Series: 8.6 percent (ESPN), 8 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

Cleveland Indians (35-25, .583)

Cleveland is back in the postseason for the fourth time in five seasons after finishing second in the AL Central.

Chance of winning the World Series: 7.2 percent (ESPN), 4 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

New York Yankees (33-27, .550)

One of the pre-season favorites to win the World Series, the Yankees will be hoping their bullpen can get going in the playoffs after ranking just 22 in ERA during the regular season.

Chance of winning the World Series: 3.8 percent (ESPN), 8 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

Houston Astros (29-31, .483)

The Astros' improbable quest for redemption has seen them reach the playoffs, but hopes of a World Series title are slim after the injury to Justin Verlander.

Chance of winning the World Series: 4.7 percent (ESPN), 5 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

Chicago White Sox (35-25, .583)

The White Sox clinched a first playoff berth since 2008, but were overtaken down the stretch in the race for the AL Central and that may still end up costing them.

Chance of winning the World Series: 6.8 percent (ESPN), 3 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

Toronto Blue Jays (32-28, .533)

Toronto ended a three-year postseason drought but faces an uphill task against the top-seeded Rays in the Wild Card Series.

Chance of winning the World Series: 4.4 percent (ESPN), 1 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

AL Wild Card Series matchups

  • No. 1 Tampa Bay Rays vs. No. 8 Toronto Blue Jays.
  • No. 2 Oakland Athletics vs. No. 7 Chicago White Sox.
  • No. 3 Minnesota Twins vs. No.6 Houston Astros.
  • No. 4 Cleveland Indians vs. No. 5 New York Yankees.

National League

Los Angeles Dodgers (43-17, .717)

The pre-season favorites clinched the NL West title for the eighth consecutive season, with attention now shifting towards winning a first World Series since 1988 after 13 failed attempts.

Chance of winning the World Series: 31.9 percent (ESPN), 32 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

Atlanta Braves (35-25, .583)

The Braves clinched a third straight NL East title and will now focus on reaching the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2001, after falling in the NL Division Series eight times in the last 19 years.

Chance of winning the World Series: 19.4 percent (ESPN), 6 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

Chicago Cubs (34-26, .567)

The Cubs returned to the playoffs after a one-season hiatus after clinching the NL Central title.

Chance of winning the World Series: 10.1 percent (ESPN), 5 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

San Diego Padres (37-23, .617)

The Padres return to the postseason for the first time since 2006 as they look for their first ever World Series title.

Chance of winning the World Series: 11.8 percent (ESPN), 6 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

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Mitch Moreland #18 of the San Diego Padres celebrates with Austin Nola #22 after hitting a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on September 26 in San Francisco, California. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty

St. Louis Cardinals (30-28, .517)

The Cardinals secured back-to-back playoff appearances after a three-season hiatus and will hope to at least match last season's achievement and reach the NLCS.

Chance of winning the World Series: 8.3 percent (ESPN), 2 percent (FiveThirthyEight).

Miami Marlins (31-29, .517)

The Marlins finished second in the NL East to clinch a first playoff berth in 17 years.

Chance of winning the World Series: 4.7 percent (ESPN), 1 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

Cincinnati Reds (31-29, .517)

Cincinnati's six-season hiatus away from the playoffs is over, but it would be a major surprise to see the Reds make a first World Series appearance in 30 years.

Chance of winning the World Series: 6.8 percent (ESPN), 3 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

Milwaukee Brewers (29-31, .483)

Only the second team along with the Astros to have qualified for the playoffs despite a record below .500, the Brewers return to the playoffs for the third straight year.

Chance of winning the World Series: 4.4 percent (ESPN), 2 percent (FiveThirtyEight).

NL Wild Card Series matchups

  • No. 1 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. No. 8 Milwaukee Brewers.
  • No. 2 Atlanta Braves vs. No. 7 Cincinnati Reds.
  • No. 3 Chicago Cubs vs. No.6 Miami Marlins.
  • No. 4 San Diego Padres vs. No. 5 St. Louis Cardinals.

New MLB playoff format explained

The expansion of the postseason from 10 to 16 teams means the single-game wild-card round used to determine the fourth team competing in the Division Series in both the American League and the National League has been scrapped.

The first round of the playoffs will now feature four three-game series in each of the two leagues, with the higher-seeded teams playing every game at home. From then on, the postseason will follow its traditional format, with the two best-of-five division series in each league, followed by best-of-seven American League and National League Championship Series. The World Series will also follow the usual seven-game format.

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