MLB Wild Card Series 2022: News & Updates

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Rachael Millanta @rachaelmillanta Sep 22, 2022, 2:00 AM
  • For the first time, the 2022 Wild Card teams will play a three-game series.
  • Seed No. 3 will host Seed No. 6, and Seed No. 4 will host Seed No. 5.
  • The Wild Card Series winners will advance to the Division Series.

The new collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLBPA expanded the postseason schedule to include 12 teams instead of the previous 10, and turned the one-off Wild Card game into a three-game series. 

This means the baseball playoffs are bigger and more exciting, and regular-season division standings matter more than ever.

With the regular season wrapping up Oct. 5, 2022, the Wild Card Series is scheduled to run Oct. 7-10, 2022.

How Are Wild Card Teams Chosen and How Does it Work?

Under the new format, the two division-winning teams in each league with the best records advance to the postseason as the top two seeds, and receive a bye in the Wild Card Series. The third division-winning team of each league will move forward as the No. 3 seed.

After those teams have been seeded, the three teams in each league with the next highest regular-season records will advance as Wild Card teams. They will be assigned seed Nos. 4 to 6.

In the Wild Card Series, the No. 3 seed in each league will host their respective No. 6 seed in all games of a best-of-three series, and the No. 4 seed will host the same for the No. 5 seed. Since seeds No. 1 and No. 2 each get a bye from this round, they automatically progress to the Division Series.

AL Wild Card Teams

TEAMRECORD
Toronto Blue Jays84-65
Tampa Bay Rays82-67
Seattle Mariners81-67
Baltimore Orioles77-71
Chicago White Sox76-73
Minnesota Twins73-76
Boston Red Sox72-76
Los Angeles Angels65-84
Texas Rangers64-84
Kansas City Royals60-89
Detroit Tigers57-92
Oakland Athletics55-94

With the Houston Astros (99-51), New York Yankees (90-58), and Cleveland Guardians (82-67) in position to advance to the postseason as division winners, the Blue Jays, Rays, and Mariners are holding onto the three Wild Card spots. 

The Blue Jays have now moved all the way up to the first Wild Card position. There is no room for error if they want to stay there — the Mariners and Rays are just behind, and both the Orioles and White Sox are ready to take any of the top three spots if a team slips.

If the playoffs were to happen today, September 22, the Wild Card Series would see the Astros and Yankees get a bye, the Guardians host the Mariners, and the Blue Jays host the Rays.

NL Wild Card Teams

TEAMRECORD
Atlanta Braves93-56
San Diego Padres83-66
Philadelphia Phillies81-67
Milwaukee Brewers79-70
San Francisco Giants72-77
Arizona Diamondbacks70-80
Chicago Cubs64-85
Colorado Rockies64-85
Miami Marlins61-89
Cincinnati Reds59-90
Pittsburgh Pirates55-94
Washington Nationals52-97

The Los Angeles Dodgers (103-46), New York Mets (95-56), and St. Louis Cardinals (87-63) are currently winning their divisions to progress to the playoffs, with the Dodgers and Mets almost certain to be awarded a bye in the first round. In fact, the NL West has actually already been called, and the Dodgers will be advancing as the winner.

The Braves, Padres, and Phillies are firmly in place to claim the Wild Card spots, though the Brewers are only a couple of games back.

If the playoffs were to happen today, September 22, the Wild Card Series would see the Dodgers and Mets awarded a bye, the Cardinals host the Phillies, and the Braves host the Padres.

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Rachael Millanta

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Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.