MLB Playoff Field Set; Playoffs begin with Best Two out of Three Wild Card Round

Arlington, TX (OnFocus) – For the first time ever, Major League Baseball has an expanded field unlike any we’ve ever seen.

16 teams, 8 teams in each league.

The first round, labeled as the Wild Card round, is a best two out of three format.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AL games are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (if necessary). The games will be played at the home field of the higher seed, and all subsequent rounds will be played at neutral sites.

Blue Jays (8) at Rays (1) — Tuesday, 5 p.m. ET on TBS

Game 1 starters
TOR: Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 4.71 ERA)
TB: Blake Snell (4-2, 3.24 ERA)

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White Sox (7) at A’s (2) — Tuesday, 3 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 1 starters
CHW: Lucas Giolito (4-3, 3.48 ERA)
OAK: Jesús Luzardo (3-2, 4.12 ERA)

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Astros (6) at Twins (3) — Tuesday, 2 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 1 starters
HOU: Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA)
MIN: Kenta Maeda (6-1, 2.70 ERA)

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Yankees (5) at Indians (4) — Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 1 starters
NYY: Gerrit Cole (7-3, 2.84 ERA)
CLE: Shane Bieber (8-1, 1.63 ERA)

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

NL games are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (if necessary). The games will be played at the home field of the higher seed, and all subsequent rounds will be played at neutral sites.

Brewers (8) at Dodgers (1) — Wednesday, 10 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 1 starters
MIL: TBA
LAD: Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.44 ERA)

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Reds (7) at Braves (2) — Wednesday, noon ET on ESPN

Game 1 starters
CIN: Trevor Bauer (5-4, 1.73 ERA)
ATL: Max Fried (7-0, 2.25 ERA)

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Marlins (6) at Cubs (3) — Wednesday, 2 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 1 starters
MIA: TBA
CHC: TBA

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Cardinals (5) at Padres (4) — Wednesday, 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Game 1 starters
STL: TBA
SD: TBA

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]