These baseball teams have clinched a 2022 MLB playoff berth

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These MLB teams have clinched a 2022 playoff berth originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The 2022 MLB playoffs are almost here, and teams are slowly punching their tickets to the postseason.

Eleven clubs have successfully secured a spot in the 12-team bracket thus far, meaning there is just one spot to claim.

So, with less than one week remaining in the regular season, which teams are already postseason bound? And which one is closest to clinching?

Which teams are in the 2022 MLB playoffs?

The San Diego Padres became the latest team to qualify for the playoffs on Sunday. Here’s the list of teams that have clinched with the race in the National League amplifying:

How many wild cards make the MLB playoffs?

In addition to the three division winners, there are three wild card spots in each league.

How do the new MLB playoffs work?

The new 12-team MLB playoff format gives a first-round bye to the two best division champions in each league. From there, the remaining division winner (No. 3 seed) faces the worst wild card team (No. 6 seed), while the top two wild card teams (No. 4 and 5 seeds) square off in the other series. The wild card round is a best-of-three format with the higher seed hosting all three games.

There is no re-seeding for the divisional round, so the No. 1 seed will battle the winner of the 4-5 matchup and the No. 2 seed will draw the winner of the 3-6 matchup. The divisional round is a best-of-five 2-2-1 format, while the championship round and World Series are a best-of-seven 2-3-2 format.

What are the magic numbers for the 2022 MLB playoffs?

The Philadelphia Phillies have a magic number of one for the final available playoff spot. With one win or one Milwaukee Brewers loss, the Phillies will clinch.

Philadelphia has three games remaining against the Astros in Houston, while Milwaukee hosts the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three-game series to close out the regular season. The only way Milwaukee can make the playoffs is by sweeping Arizona, along with Houston sweeping Philadelphia.

Which MLB teams have been eliminated from playoff contention?

Seventeen teams, eight in the NL and nine in the AL, have been officially eliminated from postseason contention: San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Oakland A's, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, and Los Angeles Angels.

When do the 2022 MLB playoffs start?

The postseason gets underway with the wild card round on Friday, Oct. 7, two days after the regular season ends. You can check out the full playoff schedule here.