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2022 MLB playoffs: Schedule, game times, TV channel, live stream, format as Wild Card Series kicks off Friday

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Major League Baseball’s 2022 postseason is nearly here. The MLB regular season wraps up Wednesday (Oct. 5) and the expanded, 12-team playoffs get underway on Friday (Oct. 7) with the best-of-three Wild Card Series. This is the largest playoff field ever for a full, 162-game season, and you can read more on the new format here. The 12-team field is finalized after the Braves clinched the NL East on Tuesday night and the rest of the wild-card seeding was sorted out. Game times for the Wild Card Series were announced Wednesday.

We know that the 2022 MLB postseason will stretch beyond October. Game 4 of the 2022 World Series is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1, so that is a guaranteed date. Game 7 of the World Series is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5. It would be the latest World Series game in MLB history. Because the first week of the regular season was postponed due to the owners’ lockout, each team had three makeup games added to the end of their schedule. 

Here are some other things to know about this year’s postseason schedule:

  • The best-of-three Wild Card Series will be played on three consecutive days. There is no off-day within the series.
  • There are no off days between Games 4 and 5 of the LDS, or between Games 5 and 6 of the LCS. Travel could be a nightmare should teams on opposite coasts meet.
  • The World Series follows the usual 2-3-2 format with off-days between Games 2 and 3, and Games 5 and 6.

Below is the full 2022 MLB postseason schedule, including broadcast information. Games on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, Fox and FS1 can be streamed on fuboTV (try for free). Do note game times on Sunday, Oct. 9 are subject to change.

Wild Card Series (best-of-three)

Friday, Oct. 7

Game 1: Guardians vs. Rays

12:07 p.m. ET

ESPN

Game 1: Cardinals vs. Phillies

2:07 p.m. ET

ABC

Game 1: Blue Jays vs. Mariners

4:07 p.m. ET

ESPN

Game 1: Mets vs. Padres

8:07 p.m. ET

ESPN

Saturday, Oct. 8

Game 2: Guardians vs. Rays

12:07 p.m. ET

ESPN2

Game 2: Blue Jays vs. Mariners

4:07 p.m. ET

ESPN

Game 2: Mets vs. Padres

7:37 p.m. ET

ESPN

Game 2: Cardinals vs. Phillies

8:37 p.m. ET

ESPN2

Sunday, Oct. 9

Game 3: Blue Jays vs. Mariners (if nec.)

2:07 p.m. ET

ABC

Game 3: Guardians vs. Rays (if nec.)

4:07 p.m. ET

ESPN

Game 3: Mets vs. Padres (if nec.)

7:37 p.m. ET

ESPN

Game 3: Cardinals vs. Phillies (if nec.)

8:37 p.m. ET

ESPN2

League Division Series (best-of-five)

Tuesday, Oct. 11

Game 1: Braves vs. TBD

Fox or FS1

Game 1: Dodgers vs. TBD

Fox or FS1

Game 1: Yankees vs. TBD

TBS

Game 1: Astros vs. TBD

TBS

Wednesday., Oct. 12

Game 2: Braves vs. TBD

Fox or FS1

Game 2: Dodgers vs. TBD

Fox or FS1

Thursday, Oct. 13

Game 2: Yankees vs. TBD

TBS

Game 2: Astros vs. TBD

TBS

Friday, Oct. 14

Game 3: Braves vs. TBD

FS1

Game 3: Dodgers vs. TBD

FS1

Saturday, Oct. 15

Game 4: Braves vs. TBD (if nec.)

FS1

Game 4: Dodgers vs. TBD (if nec.)

FS1

Game 3: Yankees vs. TBD

TBS

Game 3: Astros vs. TBD

TBS

Sunday, Oct. 16

Game 4: Yankees vs. TBD (if nec.)

TBS

Game 4: Astros vs. TBD 4 (if nec.)

TBS

Game 5: Braves vs. TBD (if nec.)

FS1

Game 5: Dodgers vs. TBD (if nec.)

FS1

Monday, Oct. 17

Game 5: Yankees vs. TBD (if nec.)

TBS

Game 5: Astros vs. TBD (if nec.)

TBS

League Championship Series (best-of-seven)

Tuesday, Oct. 18

NLCS, Game 1

Fox or FS1

Wednesday, Oct. 19

NLCS, Game 2

Fox or FS1

ALCS, Game 1

TBS

Thursday, Oct. 20

ALCS, Game 2

TBS

Friday, Oct. 21

NLCS, Game 3

FS1

Saturday, Oct. 22

NLCS, Game 4

Fox or FS1

ALCS, Game 3

TBS

Sunday, Oct. 23

NLCS, Game 5 (if nec.)

FS1

ALCS, Game 4

TBS

Monday, Oct. 24

NLCS, Game 6 (if nec.)

FS1

ALCS, Game 5 (if nec.)

TBS

Tuesday, Oct. 25

NLCS, Game 7 (if nec.)

Fox and FS1

ALCS, Game 6 (if nec.)

TBS

Wednesday, Oct. 26

ALCS, Game 7 (if nec.)

TBS

World Series (best-of-seven)

Friday, Oct. 28

Game 1

Fox

Saturday, Oct. 29

Game 2

Fox

Sunday, Oct. 30

Travel Day

Monday, Oct. 31

Game 3

Fox

Tuesday., Nov. 1

Game 4

Fox

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Game 5 (if nec.)

Fox

Thursday, Nov. 3

Travel Day

Friday, Nov. 4

Game 6 (if nec.)

Fox

Saturday, Nov. 5

Game 7 (if nec.)

Fox



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