Missing around 35 games for the regular MLB season end, the chances to get a spot in the Wild Card are narrowing. Despite the franchise that goes to the playoffs in the Wild Card usually having fewer wins, they can also give some work.
In the last completed regular season, in 2019, Washington Nationals went to the playoffs as Wild Card ended the season with the World Series Champion. In other words, any team even doesn’t win its Division can bother a lot.
We can say that five teams are running for the two Wild Card spots this season in the AL. Almost all of them with real chances also to still try the Division title.
Today, the New York Yankees, with 76 wins and 53 losses, and Boston Red Sox, with 75 wins and 56 losses, would get the two places.
On the other hand, Oakland Athletics, with 71 wins and 59 losses and Seattle Mariners (69 wins and 61 losses), are also looking for the same objective. Toronto Blue Jays, with 67 wins and 61 losses, appears as an underdog.
In 2019, the Tampa Bay Rays, with 96 wins, got the second Wild Card spot in the American League. But this season, considering the current number of wins from the other teams, they will probably need fewer victories than 96 to get this place.
On the other side, in the NL, one of the Wild Card spots looks well-marked. After all, the runner-up from the West certainly will get San Francisco Giants, with 84 wins and 45 losses, or Los Angeles Dodgers, with 82 wins and 48 losses.
Cincinnati Reds has an advantage in the other spot, with 71 wins and 60 losses, but San Diego Padres (69-62), St Louis Cardinals (66-62), and Philadelphia Phillies (65-64) are also closed.
The second Wild Card spot in 2019 stayed for Milwaukee Brewers, with 89 wins – a difficult but possible number this season.
Who will be the Champion?
According to Bovada, Los Angeles Dodgers is the favorite to win the World Series again, with +300, followed by Houston Astros, with +450 odds, which will try to repeat 2017, when they got the championship.