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MLB Standings 2022: Dodgers continue to dominant

Malcolm Michaels

Before diving into the MLB games today here are the latest MLB standings in 2022. Sportsnaut’s MLB power rankings and MLB playoff predictions will provide additional perspective on where all 30 teams stand during the 162-game season.

MLB Standings 2022

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What does MLB stand for?

MLB stands for Major League Baseball, a professional baseball organization in the United States. While professional baseball started in 1869. The National League was founded in February 1876 and the American League started in 1901. This is the 147th season in MLB history.

Sportsnaut will provide the latest MLB scores throughout the 2022 season, with MLB standings updated each day.

How many teams are in MLB?

There are 30 MLB teams. The National League is home to the oldest teams, including the Atlanta Braves (formerly Boston Red Stockings), Chicago Cubs (previously Chicago White Stockings), Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Francisco Giants.

The New York Yankees were founded in 1901, along with the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Guardians, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, and Oakland Athletics. In 1998, the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks were formed, becoming the most recently expanded MLB teams.

The MLB standings are broken down into six separate divisions, three each in the American League and National League. Each division has five teams.

How many games are left in the MLB season?

We’re well past the halfway point of the 2022 MLB season. Multiple games have been postponed until later this summer due to rainouts, resulting in teams having played a varied number of games. However, all 30 MLB teams have played at least 100 games thus far on the MLB schedule.

MLB standings use fractions, 0.5 games, to help determine the order when teams have played a different number of games. At the end of the 2022 season, every team will have played 162 games.

Related: MLB power rankings

Who has the best record in MLB

The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees have the best record in MLB. Entering play on Aug. 2, New York and Los Angeles tied atop the MLB standings with the Yankees at 70-34 and the Dodgers at 69-33. Because Los Angeles boasts a slightly higher winning percentage, they technically have the best record in baseball.

Just behind the Dodgers and Yankees in the MLB standings are the Houston Astros, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. However, the Dodgers and Yankees are several games ahead and will likely be the first MLB teams to 80 wins.

How many wild card teams are there in MLB?

There are six wild card team in the MLB playoffs. Under the new MLB collective-bargaining agreement, the postseason was expanded starting in 2022. There are three wild card teams in the NL and thee teams in the AL. Each wild card team with the lowest seed faces the division winner with the lowest record. The format looks like this. with playoff positioning is determined by the MLB standings.

  • No. 6 wild card team vs No. 3 division winner
  • No. 5 wild card team vs No. 4 wild card team

Each AL and NL Wild Card series is a best-of-three set. The No. 1 seed, the team with the best record in each league, hosts the winner of the 4 vs. 5 matchup. Meanwhile, the No. 2 seed faces the winner of the No. 3 vs No. 6 in the Divisional Round.

Related: MLB playoffs schedule, projections

When is the MLB World Series?

The date for the 2022 World Series will be released later this year. The MLB regular season concludes on Oct. 5 with the playoffs beginning two days later. The 2021 World Series started on October 21.

Five days after the World Series concludes, MLB free agency begins. Below you can check out an overview of the loaded 2022-’23 MLB free agent class.

Related: Top MLB free agents of 2023 – Aaron Judge, Nolan Arenado surge as MVP candidates

Who won the MLB World Series in 2021?

MLB: World Series-Atlanta Braves at Houston Astros -- MLB Standings
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The Atlanta Braves won the World Series in 2021, defeating the Houston Astros in six games. Jorge Soler, who signed with the Miami Marlins this offseason, won 2021 World Series MVP after hitting three home runs and posting a 1.191 OPS with six RBI. It was a remarkable outcome considering Atlanta finished the 2021 regular season 12th in the MLB standings.

2021 World Series recap

Recent World Series winners

  • 2020: Los Angeles Dodgers (6 games vs Tampa Bay Rays)
  • 2019: Washington Nationals (7 games vs Houston Astros)
  • 2018: Boston Red Sox (5 games vs Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • 2017: Houston Astros (7 games vs Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • 2016: Chicago Cubs (7 games vs Cleveland Guardians)
  • 2015: Kansas City Royals (5 games vs New York Mets)
  • 2014: San Francisco Giants (7 games vs Kansas City Royals)
  • 2013: Boston Red Sox (6 games vs St. Louis Cardinals)
  • 2012: San Francisco Giants (4 games vs Detroit Tigers)
  • 2011: St. Louis Cardinals (7 games vs Texas Rangers)