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I assume this is a question concerning the MLB. There are 2 "leagues" in the MLB- American League (AL) and National League (NL), making a total of 30 teams. The AL has 14 teams, and the NL has 16 teams. Each League has 3 Divisions (West, Central, and East). Each division, at the end of the regular season (162 games) will have a Division winner, which is the team out of each division with the best overall record (all games, not just divisional games). For instance, the NY Yankees are in the AL East, and could be 100-62, which the Boston Red Sox (also AL East) could be 99-62. The Yankees would win the Division. All Division winners are guaranteed the Playoffs. This only provides 3 teams, though, and 4 are needed for a complete bracket. Thus the Wild Card team, which is the team (who did not win its Division) with the next best overall record amongst all League Divisions. Thus 4 teams in the AL Playoffs (AL Division Series (ALDS)) and 4 teams in the NLDS. The four winners of both of the Division Series play in the ALCS and NLCS (Championship Series), and the winners of that play each other in the World Series. Here is what the Bracket would look like: AL Division Winner vs. AL D. Winner, AL D Winner vs. AL Wild Card ALDS winners: play each other in ALCS (same process for National League) ALCS winner vs. NLCS winner in World Series Hope this helps.

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