It seems like just yesterday that Opening Day was here and we were all welcoming baseball back into our lives. The end of the season is here, though, as all 162 games are now officially in the books and October has arrived.
With the season over, the postseason picture is now locked in. There won’t be a need for any extra games to determine what the bracket looks like, and we finally know who the Minnesota Twins will be welcoming into Target Field for the AL Wild Card.
The Twins are very famously trying to end an 18-year postseason losing streak, something that has fans across Minnesota and beyond a bit anxious as the playoffs begin. While the cloud of the losing streak hangs over everything, there’s still excitement about the team being back in the postseason after two seasons of misery watching from home.
Minnesota’s last trip to the playoffs ended swiftly in two games to the Houston Astros, but there were no fans allowed in the stadium and the Twins now have a completely different team. There’s solid starting pitching, an offense that is hitting its stride, and a slew of key players ready to make an impact.
The only real question heading into the final day of the season was who the Twins would play.
Updated MLB Postseason bracket after final game of season
Here’s a look at how things will stack up:
- No. 1 Orioles
- No. 2 Astros
- No. 3 Twins vs. No. 6 Blue Jays
- No. 4 Rays vs. No. 5 Rangers
The MLB postseason bracket does not re-seeded, which means there is one set path for a team when the party begins. If the Twins win their Wild Card series they would be guaranteed to play the Astros in the ALDS.
- No. 1 Braves
- No. 2 Dodgers
- No. 3 Brewers vs. No. 6 Marlins
- No. 4 Phillies vs. No. 5 Diamondbacks
While there’s some parity in the American League, the National League seems to be barreling toward a Braves-Dodgers NLCS. That being said, there’s some spiciness to the early round series, as the Marlins are coming into the postseason absolutely on fire and are looking to be a real problem for whoever stands in their path.
That’s bad news for the Brewers, who have a tough task ahead of them right out of the gate in the NL Wild Card. A win by Miami would send them to Atlanta for a series that would be appointment viewing for all baseball fans.
Minnesota’s postseason journey begins on Tuesday when the Blue Jays comes to town to start a best-of-three series.