The trade deadline is in the rearview mirror. Labor Day has come and gone. Which means we’ve now officially reached the next phase of the 2023 MLB season: It’s playoff picture time, baby. This 162-game marathon has now become a two-week sprint to the finish, with every day seemingly carrying huge postseason implications — especially with the third Wild Card spot now offering one more path to October. Where does your favorite team stand? Let’s take a look at the bracket as of Monday, September 18 and see what the potential MLB playoff matchups could look like.
MLB playoff bracket: Matchups on September 18
The winner of the 3-6 matchup would face the No. 2 Houston Astros (84-66; AL West leader) in the Divisional round. The winner of the 4-5 matchup would face the top-seeded Baltimore Orioles (93-56; AL East leader) in the next round.
*Note: The Cubs and Miami Marlins are tied for the final Wild Card spot at 78-72, with Chicago holding the tiebreaker thanks to winning the season series
The winner of the 3-6 matchup would go on to face the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers (91-57; NL West leader) in the Divisional round. The winner of the 4-5 matchup would face the No. 1 Atlanta Braves (96-53; NL East leader) in the next round.