The 2022 MLB postseason continues and teams are beginning to advance out of the Divisional Series and into the Championship Series. We’ll soon have teams set for the ALCS and NLCS, competing for a trip to the World Series. Here we’ll be tracking which teams have advanced to the ALCS and NLCS and how they got there.
2022 MLB playoff bracket
No. 2 Yankees vs. No. 1 Astros
The Astros are making their sixth straight appearance in the ALCS. Houston has reached the World Series in three of the past five seasons and have faced an AL East opponent in each of those series. Yordan Alvarez continues to be the story of the playoffs having lifted the Astros in the first two games with game-winning HRs against the Mariners to help them advance. Houston finished off Seattle with a 1-0 win in 18 innings of Game 3.
The No. 2 New York Yankees have advanced to the ALCS with a 3-2 series win over the No. 3 Cleveland Guardians.
The Yankees will make their third ALCS appearance in the past six seasons. New York will also face the Astros for the third time in that span. The Yankees lost both of the previous two ALCS to the Astros — 4-3 in 2017 and 4-2 in 2019. New York had two games postponed in the ALDS vs. the Guardians and won’t have any time to rest before the ALCS in Houston.
No. 6 Phillies vs. No. 5 Padres
The Padres complete one of the biggest upsets in MLB playoff history and we’ve got bottom seeds in the championship series for the NL. San Diego hasn’t made a trip to NLCS since 1998, when they defeated the Braves in six games. The Padres would go on to be swept by the New York Yankees in the World Series. The Pads defeated the Mets in the Wild Card round.
The Phillies are a true cinderella story coming from the bottom seed in the National League to advance four games away from the World Series. The last time Philly reached the NLCS was back in 2010. The Phillies had gone to three straight NLCS from 2008-10, winning the World Series in 2008 and losing to the Yankees in the championship in ‘09. The Phillies continue to get tougher as the playoffs progress, boasting a formidable lineup and a solid 1-2 punch in Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola.
This will be the first time since 2019 that the NLCS isn’t Dodgers vs. Braves.