Baseball Sets TV Schedule For First-Ever Wild Card Round

ESPN, ESPN2 And abc Will team to do 2022 television mlb The wild card series, which begins Friday with four games, marks the start of the reformatted and expanded baseball postseason.

Four best-of-3 series will be on tap in the first year of the wild card round, featuring the third- to sixth-best teams in each league by record. The winners of this weekend’s games Friday-Sunday will advance to a best-of-5 divisional round beginning October 11, where the AL Division New York Yankees and Houston Astros and NL Division winners Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves await. Huh.

The LDS winners move on to the Best-of-7 League Championship Series, which begins on October 18. After Wild Card Weekend, all games will be broadcast by Fox/FS1 and TBS.

The World Series will begin on Fox on October 28 this year, delaying the 2022 season later than usual due to the lockdown. The resulting five-year collective bargaining deal between the league and the players resulted in the implementation of the new playoff format, which guaranteed more teams and more games in one of the most significant changes to the MLB structure since 1994.

A snapshot of the wild card playoff schedule (all time ET) is below. ESPN Radio will broadcast all post-season games this year.

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

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

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