2022 MLB playoffs: Schedules, postseason bracket, analysis and updates

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The 2022 MLB playoffs are finally here with the debut of a new postseason format.

Major League Baseball premiers its 12-team format which boasts an additional wild-card spot in both the American League and National League. The fun kicks off with a jam-packed Friday that features eight teams competing in four wild-card games, so it’s sure to be a wild weekend to kick off the playoffs.

In the AL, the Tampa Bay Rays visit the Cleveland Guardians in the first playoff game, while the Seattle Mariners travel to Toronto to play in their first postseason in 21 years. The winner of the Rays-Guardians series will take on the New York Yankees in the ALDS. The Mariners-Blue Jays winner will play the No. 1 seeded Houston Astros.

In the NL, the Philadelphia Phillies travel to St. Louis to face the Cardinals, with the victor set to battle it out in the NLDS with the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves. Finally, the New York Mets — after being relegated to the wild-card round by the Braves, who came back from a 10½-game deficit to win the NL East on Tuesday — host the San Diego Padres in the final of the four wild-card games. The winner will face the top-seeded Los Angeles Dodgers.

From the first pitch of the wild-card games to the last out of the World Series, we’ve got you covered with the postseason bracket, schedules, results and how to watch every postseason game in October and November.

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American League Wild Card Games

Best-of-three series

All times Eastern

Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Guardians

  • Game 1: Friday at 12:07 p.m. (ESPN)

  • Game 2: Saturday at 12:07 p.m. (ESPN2)

  • Game 3*: Sunday at 4:07 p.m. (ESPN)

*if necessary


Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays

  • Game 1: Friday at 4:07 p.m. (ESPN)

  • Game 2: Saturday at 4:07 p.m. (ESPN)

  • Game 3*: Sunday at 2:07 p.m. (ABC)

*if necessary

National League Wild Card Games

Best-of-three series

All times Eastern

Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals

  • Game 1: Friday at 2:07 p.m. (ABC)

  • Game 2: Saturday at 8:37 p.m. (ESPN2)

  • Game 3*: Sunday at 8:37 p.m. (ESPN2)

*if necessary


San Diego Padres at New York Mets

  • Game 1: Friday at 8:07 p.m. (ESPN)

  • Game 2: Saturday at 7:37 p.m. (ESPN)

  • Game 3*: Sunday at 7:37 p.m. (ESPN)

*if necessary

American League Division Series

Best-of-five series

New York Yankees vs. Winner of Rays-Guardians

  • Game 1: TBD At Yankees, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (TBS)

  • Game 2: TBD at Yankees, Thursday, Oct. 13 (TBS)

  • Game 3: Yankees at TBD, Saturday, Oct. 15 (TBS)

  • Game 4*: Yankees at TBD, Sunday, Oct. 16 (TBS)

  • Game 5*: TBD at Yankees, Monday, Oct. 17 (TBS)

*if necessary


Houston Astros vs. Winner of Mariners-Blue Jays

  • Game 1: TBD at Astros, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (TBS)

  • Game 2: TBD at Astros, Thursday, Oct. 13 (TBS)

  • Game 3: Astros at TBD, Saturday, Oct. 15 (TBS)

  • Game 4*: Yankees at TBD, Sunday, Oct. 16 (TBS)

  • Game 5*: Astros at Yankees, Monday, Oct. 17 (TBS)

*if necessary

National League Division Series

Best-of-five series

Atlanta Braves vs. Winner of Phillies-Cardinals

  • Game 1: TBD at Braves, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (FOX/FS1)

  • Game 2: TBD at Braves, Wednesday, Oct. 12 (FOX/FS1)

  • Game 3: Braves at TBD, Friday, Oct. 14 (FS1)

  • Game 4*: Braves at TBD, Saturday, Oct. 15 (FS1)

  • Game 5*: TBD at Braves, Sunday, Oct. 16 (FS1)

*if necessary


Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Winner of Padres-Mets

  • Game 1: TBD at Dodgers, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (FOX/FS1)

  • Game 2: TBD at Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 12 (FOX/FS1)

  • Game 3: Dodgers at TBD, Friday, Oct. 14 (FS1)

  • Game 4*: Dodgers at TBD, Saturday, Oct. 15 (FS1)

  • Game 5*: TBD at Dodgers, Sunday, Oct. 16 (FS1)

*if necessary

American League Championship Series

Best-of-seven series

  • Game 1: Wednesday, Oct. 19 (TBS)

  • Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 20 (TBS)

  • Game 3: Saturday Oct. 22 (TBS)

  • Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 23 (TBS)

  • Game 5*: Monday, Oct. 24 (TBS)

  • Game 6*: Tuesday, Oct. 25 (TBS)

  • Game 7*: Wednesday Oct. 26 (TBS)

*if necessary

National League Championship Series

Best-of-seven series

  • Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 18 (FOX/FS1)

  • Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 19 (FOX/FS1)

  • Game 3: Friday, Oct. 21 (FS1)

  • Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 22 (FOX/FS1)

  • Game 5*: Sunday, Oct. 23 (FS1)

  • Game 6*: Monday, Oct. 24 (FS1)

  • Game 7*: Tuesday, Oct. 25 (FOX/FS1)

*if necessary

World Series

Best-of-seven series

  • Game 1: Friday, Oct. 28 (FOX)

  • Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 29 (FOX)

  • Game 3: Monday, Oct. 31 (FOX)

  • Game 4: Tuesday, Nov. 1 (FOX)

  • Game 5*: Wednesday, Nov. 2 (FOX)

  • Game 6*: Friday, Nov. 4 (FOX)

  • Game 7*: Saturday, Nov. 5 (FOX)

*if necessary

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