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MLB's 2022 postseason: Details for wild-card round, division series, LCS and World Series

Arizona Republic 10/6/2022 Mark Faller, Arizona Republic
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred presents the 2021 World Series trophy to the Atlanta Braves. © Troy Taormina,USA TODAY Sports MLB commissioner Rob Manfred presents the 2021 World Series trophy to the Atlanta Braves.

What you need to know as the Major League Baseball playoffs near:

How many teams qualify for MLB playoffs?

Six teams each from the American League and National League got in — the three division winners in each league and three wild-card teams in each league with the next best records.

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Eight of these 12 teams will play in the first round, with the two top seeds in each league earning a bye.

What is the AL/NL wild card schedule?

Gone are the win-or-go-home wild-card games. MLB now will give us four, best-of-three wild-card series that will start on Oct. 7. Every game in each series will be played at the site of the better seed: the division winners with the worst overall record in each league, along with the wild card teams with the best record in each league.

Here are the schedules (x-if necessary): 

AL wild card: Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Guardians

Friday, Oct. 7: Tampa Bay (McClanahan 12-8)) at Cleveland (Bieber 13-8), 9:07 a.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Oct. 8: Tampa Bay (TBA) at Cleveland (McKenzie 11-11), 9:07 a.m. (ESPN2)

x-Sunday, Oct. 9: Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 1:07 p.m. (ESPN)

AL wild card: Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays

Friday, Oct. 7: Seattle (TBA) at Toronto (Manoah 16-7), 1:07 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Oct. 8: Seattle at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. (ESPN)

x-Sunday, Oct. 9: Seattle at Toronto, 11:07 a.m. (ABC)

NL wild card: Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals

Friday, Oct. 7: Philadelphia (Wheeler 12-7)) at St. Louis (TBA), 11:07 a.m. (ABC)

Saturday, Oct. 8: Philadelphia at St. Louis, 5:37 p.m. (ESPN2)

x-Sunday, Oct. 9: Philadelphia at St. Louis, 5:37 p.m. (ESPN2)

NL wild card: San Diego Padres at New York Mets

Friday, Oct. 7: San Diego at New York, 5:07 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, Oct. 8: San Diego at New York, 4:37 p.m. (ESPN)

x-Sunday, Oct. 9: San Diego at New York, 4:37 p.m. (ESPN)

(All remaining game times for the postseason are TBD.)

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What is the AL/NL division series schedule?

The four teams that earned wild-card byes host the best-of-five AL and NL division series. All AL games will be aired on TBS, with all NL games on Fox or FS1.

ALDS: Houston Astros vs. Toronto-Seattle winner

Tuesday, Oct. 11: Seattle-Toronto winner at Houston

Thursday, Oct. 13: Seattle-Toronto winner at Houston

Saturday, Oct. 15: Houston at Seattle-Toronto winner

x-Sunday, Oct. 16: Houston at Seattle-Toronto winner

x-Monday, Oct. 17: Seattle-Toronto winner at Houston

ALDS: New York Yankees vs. Cleveland-Tampa Bay winner

Tuesday, Oct. 11: Tampa Bay-Cleveland winner at New York

Thursday, Oct. 13: Tampa Bay-Cleveland winner at New York

Saturday, Oct. 15: New York at Tampa Bay-Cleveland winner

x-Sunday, Oct. 16: New York at Tampa Bay-Cleveland winner

x-Monday, Oct. 17: Tampa Bay-Cleveland winner at New York

NLDS: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets-San Diego winner

Tuesday, Oct. 11: San Diego-New York winner at Los Angeles

Wednesday, Oct. 12: San Diego-New York winner at Los Angeles

Friday, Oct. 14: Los Angeles at San Diego-New York winner

x-Saturday, Oct. 15: Los Angeles at San Diego-New York winner

x-Sunday, Oct. 16: San Diego-New York winner at Los Angeles

NLDS: Atlanta vs. St. Louis-Philadelphia winner

Tuesday, Oct. 11: Philadelphia-St. Louis winner at Atlanta

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Philadelphia-St. Louis winner at Atlanta

Friday, Oct. 14: Atlanta at Philadelphia-St. Louis winner

x-Saturday, Oct. 15: Atlanta at Philadelphia-St. Louis winner

x-Sunday, Oct. 16: Philadelphia-St. Louis winner at Atlanta

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What is the AL/NL championship series schedule?

The best-of-seven AL and NL championship series will begin on Oct. 18 and 19.

AL championship series

Game 1: Wednesday, Oct. 19

Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 20

Game 3: Saturday, Oct. 22

Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 23

Game 5: Monday, Oct. 24*

Game 6: Tuesday, Oct. 25*

Game 7: Wednesday, Oct. 26*

* if necessary

All ALCS games will air on TBS.

NL championship series

Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 18

Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 19

Game 3: Friday, Oct. 21

Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 22

Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 23*

Game 6: Monday, Oct. 24*

Game 7: Tuesday, Oct. 25*

* if necessary

NLCS games will air on either Fox or FS1. (Game 7 would be on both)

What is the 2022 World Series schedule?

The best-of-seven World Series will begin on Oct. 28 at the home park of the team with the better regular-season record.

World Series (all games broadcast on Fox)

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 28

Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 29

Game 3: Monday, Oct. 31

Game 4: Tuesday, Nov. 1

Game 5: Wednesday, Nov. 2*

Game 6: Friday, Nov. 4*

Game 7: Saturday, Nov. 5*

* if necessary

Mark Faller is sports editor of the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. Reach him at mark.faller@arizonarepublic.com, and follow him on Twitter @falleraz.

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