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2019 MLB playoff tracker: Who has clinched a postseason spot and who could be next?

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Is there any stopping the Dodgers? (1:47)

Tim Kurkjian breaks down the numbers behind the Dodgers' dominant 2019 season, and questions whether any team can stop them from reaching their third straight World Series. (1:47)

It is officially clinching season across MLB as baseball's best teams vie to lock up division titles, and wild-card hopefuls look to earn a place in October. As the race to the finish heats up and magic numbers shrink, we've got you covered on everything you need to know about which teams have already punched their postseason tickets, who could be popping the champagne next and which races could come down to the very end of the regular season.

For more, including current playoff odds, check out our MLB standings page and get ready for October with our MLB playoff schedule.

Playoff matchups if the season ended today

American League

AL wild-card game: Tampa Bay Rays at Oakland A's

ALDS: Wild-card winner vs. New York Yankees; Minnesota Twins vs. Houston Astros

National League

NL wild-card game: Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals

NLDS: Wild-card winner vs. Los Angeles Dodgers; St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves

Who is already in

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers clinched the season's first postseason spot with a win against the Orioles on Tuesday night in Baltimore, earning their seventh consecutive NL West title.

Those seven straight division wins rank behind only the 1991-2005 Braves and 1998-2006 Yankees for most in the divisional era (since 1969). This time around, the Dodgers tied for the fourth-fewest games needed to clinch a division since 2000 and the earliest they have secured a division crown since their move to L.A.

What's next? The Dodgers lead Atlanta for the NL's top record and remain in a tight race with the Yankees and Astros for the best record in baseball -- and home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

Atlanta Braves

With their 10-1 win over the Nationals on Saturday, the Braves earned a return to the postseason for a second straight year, but whether they ultimately wind up with a wild card or repeat at NL East champions remains to be determined. However, their magic number to win the NL East is down to four.


Who could be next

New York Yankees, Houston Astros or Atlanta Braves

The Yankees are next in line to clinch with their magic number to win at least an AL wild-card spot at two; their magic number to win the AL East is down to four. Houston's magic number to clinch the AL West is at six. And as noted above, the Braves' magic number to clinch the NL East is now down to four.