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Regular season round-up

That is it, that's 162 games played for each team, the Divisional titles have been won and playoff places secured.

Here we take a look at who did what and those who disappointed in the end.

American League

Eventually, the New York Yankees won the American League East Division, however it took them to the final weeks to secure the title despite dominating from the outset.

The Bronx Bombers won the league by seven games from the Toronto Blue Jays, who made the playoffs through the new expanded Wild Card system.

Joining them in the October mix is the Tampa Bay Rays, who finished with the third best record in the Wild Card standings to claim their spot.

After Aaron Judge's heroics with the bat (62 home runs beating Roger Maris' record in the American League) and Gerrit Cole's franchise record of 257 strikeouts with the ball.

The Yankees go into the playoffs with confidence, knowing they are at best 11 games away from their first World Series win since 2009.

There was an exciting battle in the AL Central, and we were hoping for a three-way tie for the Divisional title. The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins were chasing the Cleveland Guardians.

For the Twins, in the end, all eyes were on Luis Arraez, who managed to capture the AL Batting title. Minnesota though collapsed from being tied in the Division with the Guardians in early September to finishing with a 14-game deficit to the eventual champions.

Work to be done in the offseason for the Twins.

The Houston Astros were never in any real danger of giving up their AL West Divisional title, winning it for a consecutive year and their fifth championship in six seasons.

The pleasing aspect to watch was the Seattle Mariners reaching their first postseason since 2001.

The Mariners were never going to catch the Astros realistically, but they challenged the Wild Card positions from the off and forced a worry into the Blue Jays and Rays to finish with the second AL spot in the Wild Card, ahead of the Baltimore Orioles by three games.

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National League

Despite leading for the majority of the season, the New York Mets only gave up their lead in the National League East as the Atlanta Braves brushed them aside in the penultimate series to move ahead and eventually win the Division.

For the Mets, the Wild Card place was the consolation, however, they should have won the Division and they know it.

Can they recover enough as New York finds themselves on the toughest of assignments to reach the World Series when the path was much clearer only a week ago.

The Braves collected their fifth successive NL East title having won it with a game to spare. They were pushed all the way and it took 101 wins to gain the advantage as they look towards repeating their World Series crown.

Reaching their first postseason since 2011, the Philadelphia Phillies have finally joined the party after missing out on the playoffs since then.

Philadelphia sacked manager Joe Girardi in June and replaced him with interim manager Rob Thomson, the Phillies then went 65-46, the fourth-best record in the National League to grab the third Wild Card spot and breathe a sigh of relief for the franchise.

The Braves' biggest stumbling block will be their old adversaries in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Most people's favourites for the October championship, the West coast side won their Division at a canter over the disappointing San Diego Padres (who made the playoffs, but come into October in sketchy form) and the San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers became just the second team to win at least 111 games in a single season, joining the 1906 Cubs, who won 116.

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers to the NL Central title after seeing the Brewers slip away after the trade deadline, where they inexplicably traded Josh Hader, the best closer in Major League Baseball to the San Diego Padres and their season tanked from then on.

As for the Cardinals, they are the NL’s third seed and they will face the Phillies in the Wild Card.

They met previously in the 2011 Division series, where the Cards went on to win their fifth World Series and the Phillies went the next ten years without reaching the postseason, maybe a bit of revenge is on the cards in Philadelphia.

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