MLB Playoffs: Who Are You Rootin’ For?
The Mariners' 21-year playoff streak is the longest in any major sport. Cal Raleigh's walk-off homer gave them a wild-card spot.
Even though Soto, Bell, and Josh Hader, who they got in a trade, didn't do well, Padres won a wild-card spot and will go to the playoffs for the first time since 2006.
San Diego Padres
The Guardians, led by Terry Francona, won their first division title since 2018 and were one of the biggest surprises of the season.
The Blue Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo in July, and interim manager John Schneider led the team to a 46-28 record and a wild-card spot.
Toronto Blue Jays
Even though they finished third in the American League East and have a low budget, the Rays are in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
Tampa Bay Rays
Early in August, the St. Louis Cardinals passed the Milwaukee Brewers to take the lead in the National League Central and never looked back.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Astros won their fifth AL West title in six years behind a dominant bullpen and one of baseball's best rotations, including AL Cy Young Award favourite Justin Verlander.
In the offseason, the Dodgers added Freddie Freeman to an already strong lineup. They went on to set a franchise record with 111 wins.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Yankees overcame a midseason slump to win the AL East behind Aaron Judge's great offensive season.
New York Yankees
After June 1, Atlanta went 78-34 and won the NL East by 112 games. The Braves want to win back-to-back World Series since the Yankees won three straight titles from 1998 to 2000.
Like the Blue Jays, the Phillies got hot after firing their manager. Rob Thompson replaced Joe Girardi and led Philadelphia to the playoffs in June.
The Mets are in the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and are trying to win their first World Series since 1986.
New York Mets