The baseball season is somewhere between 1/3 and 1/4 finished. My team (The White Sox ) are the worst team in the majors and for that reason and others I have not been paying a lot of attention to the season. What I like to do from time to time is look at the current regular season like it just ended for the year and extrapolate what would happen if the playoffs began today.
The current playoff format is this. The 3 division champions are seeded (put in order) based on their record and the teams with the next best records would be the wild card teams. The 2 wild card teams would play each other in a 1 game series then the wild card winner would play the # 1 seed in a 5 game format and the #2 and #3 teams would play each other. The winners of the divisional series face off in a championship series which is best of 7 games. these 3 series (wild card, divisional and League championship) take place simultaneously in the American and National leagues. The winners of the NLCS and ALCS then match up in a best of 7 World Series.
If the playoffs were to start today, the records at the end of yesterday would determine the playoff pairing.
In the American League the seeding would be
1. New York Yankees East Division 31-13 .705
2.Houston Astros West Division 30-18 .625
3. Cleveland Indians Central Division 22-23 .489
Wild Card 1 Boston Red Sox 32-15 .681
Wild Card 2 Seattle Mariners 27-19 .587
A quick perusal of those records and you see that the Red Sox have the 2nd best record in the American league and yet they are only a wild card. You may also see that the Res Sox and the Mariners' both have a much better record than the Indians yet the Indians are a better seed, There are actually 2 more teams (Angels and Athletics) who have a better record than the Indians and they are not even in the playoffs. That is because none of those 4 teams play in the A.L. Central and the Indians are the best team currently in that division despite their losing record. As for the Red Sox they may have the 2nd best record in the AL but the team with the best record (The Yankees) is in the Eastern Division with them.
If the playoffs were today The Yankees would host a 5 game series against thee winner of the wild card game between the Red Sox and The Mariners. The winner of that series would then play in the league championship series against the winner of the Houston Astros and the Cleveland Indian series.
In the National League the seeding stacks up like this ...
1. Atlanta Braves East Division 28-18 .609
2. Milwaukee Brewers Central Division 29-19 .604
3. Colorado Rockies West Division 26-22 .542
Wild Card 1 Philadelphia Phillies 27-18 .600
Wild Card 2 St. Louis Cardinals 26-19 .578
4 mores teams the Cubs, Pirates, Mets and Nationals all have records better than the Rockies but if the playoffs began today they would not make it because none of them play in the N.L. West.
The Braves would hos the Phillies - Cardinals Wild Card winner and the winner there would play the Brewers Rockies winner with that winner heading to the World Series.
From time to time I will come back here and tell you the playoff match ups if the Playoffs began today.