Just a week and a half remains in the MLB regular season and, while several teams have clinched playoff spots and divisions titles, there are plenty of intriguing playoff battles down the stretch.
In the American League the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays have booked playoff places but are still battling for the AL East crown.
Meanwhile, in the National League the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers are certain of their playoff spots. Miami is a half-game back from the Chicago Cubs for the final Wild Card spot, and the Cincinnati Reds are one game back.
This article provides the current Wild Card picture for both the American and National League and gives a short synopsis of each team’s outlook for the rest of the regular season.
4. Tampa Bay Rays (93-60)
Having already officially clinched the playoffs with a 7.5-game lead over the second Wild Card team, the Tampa Bay Rays are looking to make a last-gasp effort for the American League East divisional crown.
Here they trail Baltimore by 2.5 games, so unless the Orioles falter down the stretch the Rays will have to be content with the top Wild Card.
5. Toronto Blue Jays (85-67)
Odds to Make the Playoffs: -600
Toronto Blue Jays has won five games in a row and have shot up the standings into the second Wild Card position.
They are by no means safe as they are just one game clear of both the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners, who are both trying to overtake them and push the Blue Jays out of the postseason picture.
6. Texas Rangers (84-68)
Odds to Make the Playoffs: -200
A two-game winning streak for the Texas Rangers has them tied for the third and final Wild Card position.
They also trail the Blue Jays by just a single game and could overtake them, or be left out of the postseason entirely if they allow the Mariners to catch them.
6. Seattle Mariners (84-68)
Odds to Make the Playoffs: -180
The other team who is tied for the third Wild Card spot is the Seattle Mariners.
They have won three games in a row to get to where they currently are and, with seven games still remaining against the Rangers, this will likely determine which of the two will make the playoffs.
4. Philadelphia Phillies (83-69)
Odds to Make the Playoffs: -50000
The Philadelphia Phillies are sitting comfortably at the top of the Wild Card standings, but still need to finish their season strong to officially clinch their playoff spot.
They also cannot afford to let up as they are just 2.5 games ahead of the Diamondbacks. Home field advantage for their potential Wild Card series against Arizona could be on the line if they don't maintain or improve upon their 5-5 record in their last 10 games.
5. Arizona Diamondback (81-72)
Odds to Make the Playoffs: -390
The Arizona Diamondbacks have used a five-game winning streak to launch themselves well into playoff consideration.
They currently occupy the second Wild Card position and are 2.5 games behind the Phillies for the top Wild Card spot.
6. Chicago Cubs (79-73)
Odds to Make the Playoffs: +100
A recent five-game losing streak has put the Chicago Cubs in a much tougher position. They are only one game clear of the Cincinnati Reds and need to get back to winning games as soon as possible.
7. Miami Marlins (79-74)
Odds to Make the Playoffs: +100
The Miami Marlins used a recent sweep of the NL East champion Atlanta Braves to bolster their playoff position, but losing two out of three to the New York Mets has put them right back on the bubble.
The Marlins are currently 0.5 a game behind the final Wild Card spot and are going to need to win the majority of their games in the last week and a half to catch the Cubs.
8. Cincinnati Reds (79-75)
Odds to Make the Playoffs: +230
Having lost two games in a row, the Cincinnati Reds are just one game behind the final Wild Card. With a relatively weak schedule to end the season, they will need a strong finish and some help.
9. San Francisco Giants (76-76)
Odds to Make the Playoffs: +1700
Still in with a chance is the San Francisco Giants, though their chances get smaller by the day as back-to-back losses have put them 3.0 games behind the Cubs for the final Wild Card spot.
With 10 games remaining, the Giants may need to win at least eight of them to have a chance and that looks unlikely considering that seven of their last 10 games are against the Dodgers.