Due to the strike in 1981, the season was split into two halves and playoff seedings were determined using the winners from each half. The first half began on April 9 and ended June 11, while the second half started on August 10 and ended October 4. Overall standings are presented here for reference but were not used to determine playoff berths.
This chart measures how many games “above” or “below” .500 a team's record is on any day of the season. Navigate between divisions to see how the races play out over the season, look past through previous seasons or click on a team logo in the chart to learn more about that day.