MLB playoff picture, standings, postseason odds: Giants and Dodgers tied atop NL West heading into big series

The 2021 Major League Baseball season is entering its final month, and the playoff picture is starting to take shape. While some teams, like the White Sox and Brewers, appear to have their divisions wrapped up, there are going to be plenty of fascinating races in September. Who will win the Dodgers vs. Giants tussle in the NL West? Will we get a Yankees vs. Red Sox matchup in the AL Wild Card Game? Can the Phillies or Mets make a surprise surge to catch the Braves in the NL East?

We’ll find out the answers to all of those questions before the postseason gets started Oct. 5. But it’s also worth asking, what would the MLB playoff picture look like if the season ended today?

As for Thursday, it was a light slate with just eight games. Notably, though, the Giants picked up a win over the Brewers, which means they’re now tied with the blood rival Dodgers atop the NL West standings just ahead of their final head-to-head series of the regular season. The Phillies also picked up their sixth straight win, and they’re now just two games out of second wild card position in the NL. 

Now let’s have a look at the updated playoff picture, standings, and postseason odds for Friday.

If the season ended today

  • AL Wild Card Game: Yankees vs. Red Sox
  • NL Wild Card Game: Loser of Dodgers-Giants tiebreaker vs. Reds
  • ALDS: Astros vs. White Sox
  • ALDS: Rays vs. AL Wild Card Game winner
  • NLDS: Brewers vs. Braves
  • NLDS: Winner of Dodgers-Giants tiebreaker vs. NL Wild Card Game winner

MLB standings, playoff races

Here’s a look at the current standings. Division and postseason projections are via Sportsline. For expanded standings, click here.

American League

National League

MLB postseason odds

All odds via Caesars Sportsbook. Last updated Sept. 3.

AL East
Rays: -650
Yankees: +575
Red Sox: +2800
Blue Jays: +15000

AL West
Astros: -1200
A’s: +900
Mariners: +3000
Angels: +50000

NL East
Braves: -350
Phillies: +300
Mets: +1800

NL Central
Brewers: -5000
Reds: +1600
Cardinals: +15000

NL West
Dodgers: -230
Giants: +190
Padres: +50000

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