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Which teams have clinched a berth in the 2020 MLB playoffs

The MLB playoffs are fast approaching. We are tracking who has earned a playoff berth coming down the final stretch.

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo holds the Commissioners Trophy before the start of the World Series championship parade in downtown Washington, DC. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball is coming down the home stretch of the abbreviated 2020 season, and teams are starting to secure their spot in the playoffs. We will see an expanded field this year, with 16 teams instead of the usual ten. In each league, the playoff fields will consist of the three division winners, the three second place teams, and the two teams with the next best record.

We’ll be tracking each team that secures a playoff berth, who clinches a division title, and how the playoff bracket will look, accordingly.

Which teams have clinched

American League

Division title: Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays
Playoff berth: Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros

White Sox update: Chicago secured a playoff berth on Thursday, September 17. They clinched with a win and their magic number to clinch the division at the time of this clinching was 8.

Rays update: Tampa secured a playoff berth on Thursday, September 17. They clinched the AL East on Wednesday, September 23.

Athletics update: The A’s secured a playoff berth on Friday, September 18. They clinched the AL West on Monday, September 21.

Twins update: Minnesota secured a playoff berth on Saturday, September 19. They clinched with a win over the Cubs. They are in second place in the AL Central, three games back of the White Sox.

Yankees update: New York secured a playoff berth on Sunday, September 20. They clinched when the Mariners lost to the Padres. They are in second place in the AL East, 3.5 games back of the Rays.

Indians update: Cleveland secured a playoff berth on Tuesday, September 22. They clinched with a win over the White Sox. They are in third place in the AL Central, three games back of Chicago and two games back of Minnesota.

Blue Jays update: Toronto clinched a playoff berth on Thursday, September 24. They are in third place in the AL East, seven games back of Tampa and two games back of New York.

Astros update: Houston clinched a playoff berth on Friday, September 25th. They have secured the AL West second place spot.

National League

Division title: Los Angeles Dodgers (best record), Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs
Playoff berth: San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers

Dodgers update: LA was the first team to secure a playoff berth on Wednesday, September 16. They clinched with a win and losses by the Rockies and Brewers. They clinched the NL West on Wednesday, September 23 when the Padres lost.

Padres update: San Diego clinched a playoff berth on Sunday, September 20. They clinched with an extra innings win over the Mariners. They are in second place in the NL West.

Braves update: Atlanta clinched a playoff berth and the NL East together on Tuesday, September 22. They clinched with a win over the Marlins.

Cubs update: Chicago clinched a playoff berth on Tuesday, September 22 and clinched the NL Central on Saturday, September 26.

Marlins update: Miami clinched a playoff berth on Friday, September 25th. They are in second in the NL East and can’t win the division.

Reds update: Cincinnati clinched a playoff berth on Friday, September 25th. They are tied for second in the NL Central and cannot win the division.

Cardinals update: The Cardinals clinched a playoff berth on Sunday, September 27th. They will be the second place team in the NL Central.

Brewers update: Milwaukee clinched a playoff berth on Sunday, September 27th. They are the final wild card team after the Giants and Phillies both list.