Then the next day, on Wednesday 6th October, it will be the other single game round 1 matchup. And on Thursday 7th October, round 2 of the four five-game series takes over. These could be tentative days since they may change if a single game tiebreaker in the single game is required.
Last season, leagues and players agreed to enlarge the postseason format just hours before the opening day. Could history repeat itself? MLB has a 10-team postseason, which includes two Wild-Card teams and three division winners from each league. The playoff field expands if the owners may have their way. Are we likely to see any expansion before the MLB playoff schedule? Anything is possible.
So, how do these playoffs work?
A playoff field will have three division winners (Seeds 1–3) and four teams (Seeds 4–7). Then the first round, which is the Wild-Card round, includes the best-of-three played teams in the home park of the higher seed.
It’s ten out of the 30 league teams that complete the playoffs. That’s five per league that includes three divisional winners and two Wild-Card teams. Each league produces 1-first round series with 3-bye.
The team that emerges with the best record becomes the No. 1 seed. And it also gets a bye over the first round. Then, after the last day of regular-season games, they hold a selection where the No. 1 seed per league picks its best-of-five Division Series competitor from the Wild-Card matchups (2 vs. 7), (3 vs. 6), and (4 vs. 5).
All the winners progress to the best-of-seven LCS and continue to the best-of-seven World Series. In every third year, there will be a World Series held at a neutral site. And the MLB playoff schedule for the World Series is on Tuesday 26th October. One of the advantages of being the best record, you get a big prize. Also, the second-place team gets a premium (home throughout the first round).
Competing for seeds is essential as it infuses September intrigue. Most players get an opportunity to play in the postseason game as more teams battle for the playoff spot. But the one who gets the incentive is the one that can stay out of the all-around/first-round matchup.
In Conclusion, you can now save the dates for the MLB playoff schedule, which should start with a bang. And honestly, the Wild-Card round is super-thrilling, which creates a leeway for the division winners. As for expansion, we don’t see a genuine reason for it. The current 10-team setup is best for all parties.