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MLB playoffs: When do the wild card games start? Who’s playing? Brackets, favorites

With the 2022 MLB playoff field set, we’ve got you covered with who’s playing and what’s the schedule of the wild card games

With the 2022 MLB playoff field set, we’ve got you covered with who’s playing and what’s the schedule of the wild card games
Joe NicholsonUSA TODAY Sports

The 2022 MLB postseason field is set and it all begins Friday!

The 12 teams secured playoff berths before the final day of the regular season, with the Los Angeles Dodgers officially securing the season’s first playoff berth, and the Houston Astros, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Cleveland Guardians and St. Louis Cardinals following next.

The Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres then clinched the spots left. One of the final races decided was the NL East, with the Braves defeating the Marlins on Tuesday, clinching the division title and securing the second spot.

Related: Which MLB teams have gone the longest since making the playoffs?

The Wild Card Series will have all three games in the same ballpark, no travel necessary. There is no re-seeding either, which means that the winner of the Rays-Guardians series will face the Yankees in the American League Division Series, while the Mariners-Blue Jays winner will head to Houston. We’ve got you covered with the new format explained here. 

Meanwhile, here’s a look at the wild games schedule, and what else is in store:

Playoff schedule

Wild Card Series

Best of three, all games at better seed’s stadium

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 7

Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 8

Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 9*

Division Series

Best of five


Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 11

Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 13

Game 3: Saturday Oct. 15

Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 16*

Game 5: Monday, Oct. 17*


Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 11

Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 12

Game 3: Friday, Oct. 14

Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 15*

Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 16*

League Championship Series

Best of seven


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*


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*

World Series

Best of seven

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


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