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Wild Card Rounds: Deadline

Wild Card Rounds: Deadline

ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will team up to televise the 2022 MLB Wild Card Series starting Friday with four games, marking the debut of the reformatted and expanded baseball postseason.

Four best-of-3 series will be available in the first year of the wild card round, which will feature the teams with the third to sixth best record in each league. The winners of this weekend’s Friday-Sunday games will advance to the best-of-5 divisional rounds beginning October 11, where the American League division champions New York Yankees and Houston await. Astros, and the National League division champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves.

The LDS winners advance to the best-of-7 League Championship Series beginning Oct. 18. After wild card weekend, all games will be televised on Fox/FS1 and TBS.

The World Series begins this year on October 28 on Fox, later than usual after a delayed start to the 2022 season due to a lockout. The resulting five-year collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players resulted in the implementation of the new playoff format, which guarantees more teams and more games in the postseason in the most significant changes to MLB’s structure since 1994.

Below is a snapshot of the wild card playoff schedule (all times ET). ESPN Radio will air every postseason game this year.

Friday, October 7
Tampa Bay at Cleveland, noon, ESPN
Philadelphia at St. Louis, 2 p.m., ABC
Seattle at Toronto, 4 p.m., ESPN
San Diego vs. New York Mets, 8 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, October 8
Tampa Bay at Cleveland, noon, ESPN2
Seattle at Toronto, 4 p.m., ESPN
San Diego vs. New York Mets, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Philadelphia at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2

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Sunday October 9 (if necessary)
Seattle at Toronto, 2 p.m., ABC
Tampa Bay at Cleveland, 4 p.m., ESPN
San Diego vs. New York Mets, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Philadelphia at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2

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