“Phillies and Padres more likely won’t be in the picture next month” “Some teams that don’t need to be in”

With a little over seven weeks to go – 51 days to be precise – the MLB postseason picture is starting to take shape.

On Monday, the league released its much anticipated postseason schedule. The race for the World Series will begin on Friday, October 7.

A fair chunk of the regular season still remains, but we are starting to have an idea of which teams are likely to make it.

Hypothetically, if the 2022 MLB postseason starts today, this is what the tournament bracket would look like.

The new postseason format involves 12 teams (six from each league), an increase from 10 teams in the previous structure. Three division winners and three Wild Card teams per league will be making up the quota.

MLB Twitter presents a world of postseason possibilities

The first round of the 2022 MLB postseason will be a best-of-three Wild Card series on either side of the spectrum. Contesting that series will be the third-best division winner on either side (No. 3 seed) and the three Wild Card teams.

The team with the best record among Wild Card teams will be the No. 4 seed. The second-best record holder will be seeded No. 5, and the third-best Wild Card team will be No. 6. The third seed will take on the sixth seed, while the fourth and fifth seed will make up the other pairing.

As things stand in the American League, the AL Central leaders Cleveland Guardians will be taking on the league’s current best Wild Card record-holder, the Toronto Blue Jays.

@MLB Guardians > Blue Jays

@GarrettSzn95 @MLB Toronto when they are hot is probably the 3rd best team in the AL. When they aren’t hot, which has been 80% of the season so far and right now, they are so dogshit Lmaoo

The Seattle Mariners are currently the fourth seed. Based on our hypothetical season-ending-today implications, they will be facing the Tampa Bay Rays.

@MLB The fact the Rays are where they are basically fielding a AAA team the majority of the year with the injuries they’ve had, is insane. If they can somehow get healthy and get rolling, they could make a run.

@MLB How are the rays consistently in the playoffs with all those injuries

The winner of No. 3 vs. No. 6 (currently Guardians v Blue Jays) will be taking on the current No. 2 seed, the New York Yankees. Given that the Yankees held the MLB’s best record not too long ago, their seed-position drop shows how far they have regressed in recent weeks.

@MLB Yankees should like that side of bracket as a 2 seed

@MLB Even though it sucks being the #2 seed I would rather play the Guardians or Jays in the DS then the Mariners or Rays. Yankees have done well against the Guardians and Jays.

Awaiting the winner of No. 4 vs. No. 6 (currently Mariners v Rays) will be AL’s best record-holder, the Houston Astros. The two ALDS winners will then square off for the ALCS in a seven-match set.

@MLB Guardians going to the ALCS with this bracket

@MLB Guardians Astros ALCS tbh

On the National League side of things, the St. Louis Cardinals are currently No. 3, and awaiting them are the No. 6 San Diego Padres. Current fourth seed Atlanta Braves and fifth seed Philadelphia Phillies will close out the Wild Card bracket.

@MLB Phillies and Padres more likely won’t be in the picture next month

@MLB Braves would absolutely murk Philly in postseason ball. #ForTheA

The winner of No. 3 vs. No. 6 (currently Cardinals v Padres) will face the No. 2 seed, the New York Mets. Owing to the Mets’ 13-1 drubbing at the hands of the Atlanta Braves last night, a few fans couldn’t resist having a cheap shot.

@MLB post this again in 2 weeks Mets fans won’t be able to retweet

The MLB’s benchmark team this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be taking on the winner of No. 4 vs. No. 5 (currently Braves v Phillies). The two NLDS winners will then square off for the NLCS crown.

@MLB Braves winning it all

@MLB I see some teams that don’t need to be in

The ALDS and NLDS winners will be locking horns to determine the 2022 World Series champion. The seven-match set will begin on Oct. 28 and conclude on Nov. 5, making it the latest postseason game in MLB history.

However, there is still a lot left to be played for between now and Oct. 7. This hypothetical bracket is a reflection of how things may stand, but is by no means definitive.

Things can change very quickly, especially on the Wild Card front. What we do know for certain is that we are in for a nerve-racking yet exciting finish, maybe one for the ages.

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