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MLB Standings Update: Playoff Odds Edition

We've got a shakeup at the top of this week's playoff odds standings update, as the New York Yankees take over as the most probable playoff team in the major leagues. In the updated Cool Standings, the Yankees have a 75 percent chance of making the playoffs now, taking over for the Cleveland Indians, who fell back to 71 percent. The Texas Rangers have a 63 percent chance of going to the playoffs, third-best of the division leaders in the American League, but it's still higher than any of the division leaders in the National League.

The Philadelphia Phillies lead the way in the NL, with a 56 percent chance of making the playoffs. St. Louis follows close behind at 55 percent while the West-leading San Francisco Giants have a 36 percent chance of making the playoffs. Weirdly, the Arizona Diamondbacks have the highest odds in the West at 45 percent, even having higher odds for the division crown and for taking the wild card than the defending champs.

The rest of the NL wild card picture looks like this. Atlanta is in third place in the NL East, but has the best wild card odds of the non-division leaders at 16 percent. Second-place Florida is second at 12 percent, while Milwaukee and Cincinnati are in a close race for third at 7 percent. Arizona rounds out the top 5 at 6 percent. In the American League wild card race, it's Boston at 18 percent, followed by Toronto at 13 percent, Tampa Bay at 11 percent, Detroit at 8 percent and the White Sox at 6 percent.

In the race for the top overall pick, Minnesota still leads the way at just 58 expected wins. Houston sits in second place at 68 expected wins with Chicago close behind at 69 wins. Baltimore and San Diego round out the bottom five with 70 and 71 expected wins, respectively.

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