MLB playoff picture: Diamondbacks’ lead over Rockies dwindles

The Diamondbacks and Rockies continue to lead the National League Wild Card race.

A series between the NL West foes this week could go a long way in determining the outcome of that race.

The Diamondbacks hold a three-game lead on the Rockies for the No. 1 Wild Card berth in the National League after falling to Colorado in the first two games of a four-game series in Phoenix.

The St. Louis Cardinals are 3.5 games behind Colorado for the No. 2 berth. The Milwaukee Brewers are a half-game behind the Cardinals.

All three division champions in each league make the playoffs.

The two teams with the best records in each league that didn’t win their division also make the postseason as Wild Card teams. They face off in a one-game playoff with the team with the better record getting to host.

National League playoffs (right now)

NL West leader: Los Angeles Dodgers (93-52)

NL East leader: Washington Nationals (88-56)

NL Central leader: Chicago Cubs (78-66)

Wild Card No. 1: Arizona Diamondbacks (83-62)

Wild Card No. 2: Colorado Rockies (80-65)

NL Division Series (right now)

Cubs vs. Nationals

Diamondbacks-Rockies winner vs. Dodgers

NL Wild Card standings

  • Arizona Diamondbacks (83-62) — +3
  • Colorado Rockies (80-65) —
  • St. Louis Cardinals (76-68) 3.5 games back
  • Milwaukee Brewers (76-69) 4 games back

American League playoffs (right now)

AL West leader: Houston Astros (87-57)

AL East leader: Boston Red Sox (82-62)

AL Central leader: Cleveland Indians (89-56)

Wild Card No. 1: New York Yankees (78-66)

Wild Card No. 2: Minnesota Twins (75-69)

AL Division Series (right now)

Yankees vs. Twins winner vs. Indians

Red Sox vs. Astros

AL Wild Card standings

  • New York Yankees (78-66) — +3
  • Minnesota Twins (75-69) —
  • Los Angeles Angels (73-71) 2 games back
  • Texas Rangers (72-72) 3 games back
  • Kansas City Royals (72-72) 3 games back
  • Seattle Mariners (72-73) 3.5 games back
  • Tampa Bay Rays (72-74) 4 games back
  • Baltimore Orioles (71-74) 4.5 games back