MLB has released its postseason schedule for 2022, which includes several important dates for the recently expanded postseason.
The World Series will begin on Friday, October 7, with one game from each of the four American League and National League Wild Card Series.
If necessary, Game 7 will be played on Saturday, November 5, which would be the latest date in World Series history, due to the 2022 season's lockout-delayed start.
The best-of-three series, which replaced the two single-elimination Wild Card games, are part of MLB's new postseason format, which saw the number of playoff teams increase from ten to twelve.
The American League and National League Division Series will start on Tuesday, October 11. The American League Championship Series will proceed on Wednesday, October 19, and the National League Championship Series will begin on Tuesday, October 18.
The 2022 World Series is set to begin on Friday, October 28. For the first time since 1915, the championship round starts on a Friday.
The Fall Classic will conclude in November for the second consecutive season and the eighth time overall, with Game 4 scheduled for November 1. If a winner-take-all Game 7 is required, the World Series will continue until Saturday, November 5.
The World Series has previously been delayed until November 4 on two occasions: 2001, following a one-week delay at the end of the regular season due to the 9/11 attacks, and 2009.
MLB announced the postseason schedule. If the Mets lock up the NL East/No. 2 seed, they will end the regular season on Oct. 5 and start the NLDS on Oct. 11.
(Also interesting: Game 7 of the World Series would be on Nov. 5! Late!) pic.twitter.com/zAaA1aB0E0
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Each league sends three division winners and three Wild Card winners to the postseason. The top two seeds in each league will receive first-round byes to progress to the Division Series.
The team with the third-best record among division winners will face the No. 6 seed, which is the team with the third-best record among Wild Card teams, in each Wild Card Series.
The No. 4 seed, the Wild Card team with the best record, will face the No. 5 seed, the Wild Card team with the second-best record.
If two teams finish with identical records, the head-to-head record will be used as the first tiebreaker.
The higher seed will host each series in the Wild Card round, which will be played over three days.
The top seed in each league will compete for the title of the fourth and fifth seed matchup, while the second seed will face either the third or sixth seed. The Division Series and League Championship Series follow the same format.
The complete 2022 MLB postseason schedule is as follows; for the Wild Card series, Friday, October 7 is set for NL Wild Card A and B Game 1 as well as AL Wild Card A and B Game 1.
The AL Wild Card A and B games Game 2, as well as the NL Wild Card A and B game 2, are scheduled for Saturday, October 8.
If necessary, Sunday, October. 9 is set for NL Wild Card A and B Game 3 as well as AL Wild Card A and B Game 3.
For the Division Series, Tuesday, October 11 is Game 1 of the NLDS A and B, as well as Game 1 of the ALDS A and B.
The NLDS A and B will play Game 2 on Wednesday, October 12. Game 2 of the ALDS A and B is scheduled for Thursday, October 13.
Game 3 of the NLDS A and B is scheduled for Friday, October 14. Saturday, October 15, will be Game 3 of the ALDS A and B, as well as Game 4 of the NLDS A and B if necessary.
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