The MLB season is entering the home stretch, and with an expanded pool of playoff teams, even teams (and fanbases) have an opportunity to make the postseason.
Of course, any playoff format with this many teams is incomplete without the holy grail of sporting charts: a bracket.
Below you can print out your very own MLB Postseason bracket and fill in your picks to win each round and the World Series.
MLB Playoff Bracket 2022 Printable
MLB Postseason Picture
This year’s MLB postseason comes with a brand new format.
First, the pool of qualifying teams has been increased from 10 to 12. Secondly, the two single-elimination Wild Card Games that previously opened the playoffs have been replaced with four best-of-three Wild Card Series. The two teams with the best record in each league will each earn a BYE for the Wild card round.
After the Wild Card Series has been decided, there will be a best-of-five Division Series, followed by the traditional best-of-seven League Championship Series and the World Series.
MLB Wild Card Round Bracket Outlook
National League Wild Card Contenders
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a healthy lead for the best record in the National League are will likely earn a BYE week, giving them a free pass to the Divisional Round. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals have come on strong in the second half, nearly locking up their position as NL Central champs.
In the NL East, the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves seem destined to fight it out until the final weeks for the division crown, with the other earning a spot as the top Wild Card qualifier.
Other contenders for the final two Wild Card spots include the Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, and Milwaukee Brewers. Each team could be a nightmare in a short series. Would you want to face Aaron Nola/Zack Wheeler, Corbin Burnes/Brandon Woodruff, or Joe Musgrove/Yu Darvish in a three-game series?
- See our latest NL Pennant and Division Odds.
American League Wild Card Contenders
The only team with a clear path to a division title (as of 9/15) is the Houston Astros. The New York Yankees will likely finish as the AL East champions, but the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays are still within shouting distance.
As it stands, both the Rays and Jays are likely to earn a Wild Card spot. The real surprise is the Baltimore Orioles, who are not out of it yet, and have a puncher’s chance to pull out a miracle and chase down their divisional rivals.
Look out for the Blue Jays if they catch fire at the right time. You do not want to face Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah in a short series while their lineup is in a groove.
Due to the intense battle in the East, there sits a three-way struggle for one playoff spot in the AL Central. The Cleveland Guardians carry a narrow lead over Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox, with only one playoff spot available to whoever claims the division title.
- Research our top picks for AL Pennant and Division Odds.
MLB League Championship Series Bracket Outlook
Favorites to Reach NLCS
The top four contenders to make the NLCS are the Dodgers, Mets, Braves, and Cardinals.
After leading the NL East for virtually the entire season, the Mets are in a tight race due to the phenomenal play of the Braves. After a slow start to the season, Atlanta is 62-24. During that same span, the Mets have gone 51-34. Therefore, it would not be surprising to see the NLCS representative come from the NL East.
After trailing the Brewers for most of the first half, the Cardinals have buried Milwaukee since the All-Star break on the back of an MVP performance from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. In addition, the return of a healthy Jack Flaherty could give St. Louis a shot in the arm, making them a serious contender.
The favorite to represent the NL is the perennial favorite Dodgers. However, the loss of Walker Buehler (elbow) and recurring injuries to star southpaw Clayton Kershaw could spell trouble for Los Angeles when they match up with the teams from the NL East that feature Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Max Fried, and Spencer Strider.
That said, the Dodgers have a lethal starting lineup capable of humbling even the most outstanding rotations in baseball. Los Angeles is very dangerous and comes with a well-earned reputation.
Favorites to Reach ALCS
The Houston Astros and New York Yankees are the popular favorites to reach the American League Championship Series and with good reason. Each team has dangerous arms in their rotation, especially in a shorter series, while posting lineups that can put a crooked number on the scoreboard at any given moment.
The Bronx Bombers, led by AL MVP candidate Aaron Judge, have the best-run differential in the AL with +209 (Astros +185), in arguably the best division in baseball. Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, and Frankie Montas are a potent trio that could make a strong push for the World Series.
However, as good as the Yankees are, the Astros are a little bit better.
World Series Bracket Outlook
Favorites to Reach the World Series
The Houston Astros are the odds-on favorite to claim the American League crown. A lineup consisting of Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, and Kyle Tucker is dangerous enough before considering their deep rotation led by AL Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander.
On the National League side, the Dodgers are the betting favorites to represent the senior circuit. This is because Los Angeles holds the best record in baseball, along with an incredible +318 run differential.
Everything the Astros have, so do the Dodgers. Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, and Mookie Betts round out the top-scoring offense in baseball. At the same time, their starting rotation is led by future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw and 26-year-old Julio Urias, who won 20 games last season.
- Find the best Fall Classic betting tips with our World Series Best Bets and Odds.
2022 MLB Playoff Schedule
Wild Card Round Schedule
Friday, Oct. 7
NL Wild Card A, Game 1, ESPN
NL Wild Card B, Game 1, ESPN
AL Wild Card A, Game 1, ESPN
AL Wild Card B, Game 1, ESPN
Saturday, Oct. 8
AL Wild Card A, Game 2, ESPN
AL Wild Card B, Game 2, ESPN
NL Wild Card A, Game 2, ESPN
NL Wild Card B, Game 2, ESPN
Sunday, Oct. 9
NL Wild Card A, Game 3, ESPN (if necessary)
NL Wild Card B, Game 3, ESPN (if necessary)
AL Wild Card A, Game 3, ESPN (if necessary)
AL Wild Card B, Game 3, ESPN (if necessary)
Division Series Schedule
Tuesday, Oct. 11
NLDS A, Game 1, FOX or FS1
NLDS B, Game 1, FOX or FS1
ALDS A, Game 1, TBS
ALDS B, Game 1, TBS
Wednesday, Oct. 12
NLDS A, Game 2, FOX or FS1
NLDS B, Game 2, FOX or FS1
Thursday, Oct. 13
ALDS A, Game 2, TBS
ALDS B, Game 2, TBS
Friday, Oct. 14
NLDS A, Game 3, FS1
NLDS B, Game 3, FS1
Saturday, Oct. 15
NLDS A, Game 4, FS1 (if necessary)
NLDS B, Game 4, FS1 (if necessary)
ALDS A, Game 3, TBS
ALDS B, Game 3, TBS
Sunday, Oct. 16
ALDS A, Game 4, TBS (if necessary)
ALDS B, Game 4, TBS (if necessary)
NLDS A, Game 5, FS1 (if necessary)
NLDS B, Game 5, FS1 (if necessary)
Monday, Oct. 17
ALDS A, Game 5, TBS (if necessary)
ALDS B, Game 5, TBS (if necessary)
Tuesday, Oct. 18
NLCS Game 1, FOX or FS1
Wednesday, Oct. 19
NLCS Game 2, FOX or FS1
ALCS Game 1, TBS
Thursday, Oct. 20
ALCS Game 2, TBS
Friday, Oct. 21
NLCS Game 3, FS1
Saturday, Oct. 22
ALCS Game 3, TBS
NLCS Game 4, FOX or FS1
Sunday, Oct. 23
NLCS Game 5, FS1 (if necessary)
ALCS Game 4, TBS
Monday, Oct. 24
ALCS Game 5, TBS (if necessary)
NLCS Game 6, FS1 (if necessary)
Tuesday, Oct. 25
ALCS Game 6, TBS (if necessary)
NLCS Game 7, FOX and FS1 (if necessary)
Wednesday, Oct. 26
ALCS Game 7, TBS (if necessary)
World Series Schedule
Friday, Oct. 28
Game 1 (at better record), FOX
Saturday, Oct. 29
Game 2 (at better record), FOX
Monday, Oct. 31
Game 3, FOX
Tuesday, Nov. 1
Game 4, FOX
Wednesday, Nov. 2
Game 5, FOX (if necessary)
Friday, Nov. 4
Game 6, FOX (if necessary, at better record)
Saturday, Nov. 5
Game 7, FOX (if necessary, at better record)
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