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MLB announces 2020 postseason schedule

@feinsand
September 15, 2020

A year that has looked like no other will have a similarly unique finish. Major League Baseball announced its schedule for the 2020 Postseason, highlighted by the first neutral-site Fall Classic in modern history. Not only will the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all be played at

A year that has looked like no other will have a similarly unique finish.

Major League Baseball announced its schedule for the 2020 Postseason, highlighted by the first neutral-site Fall Classic in modern history.

Not only will the Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all be played at neutral-site locations, but the schedule for these series has been altered in terms of off-days, meaning teams will have plenty of decisions to make when it comes to pitching.

The best-of-three Wild Card Series, best-of-five Division Series and best-of-seven League Championship Series will each take place without any off-days in between games. Teams will have to decide whether to use the traditional five-man rotation, or utilize four starting pitchers, with the potential for as many as three of them pitching on short rest.

Each series will be preceded by at least one off-day, though more are possible depending on when other series are completed.

The 116th World Series is slated to start with Game 1 on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Globe Life Field in Arlington. A potential Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The postseason is scheduled to commence with the top four seeds in each league hosting a best-of-three Wild Card Series, which are presented by Hankook, in their regular-season home ballparks.

The inaugural Wild Card Series are set to begin in the American League on Tuesday, Sept. 29, and in the National League on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Beginning with the Division Series, all teams will shift to neutral-site locations in Southern California and Texas for the duration of the Postseason due to health, safety and competitive considerations.

All games in the AL Division Series, which are presented by Utz, will be played in San Diego and Los Angeles, while the NL Division Series, which are presented by Doosan, will take place in Arlington and Houston.

In the AL, the winner of the 1 vs. 8 matchup will face the 4 vs. 5 winner at Petco Park in San Diego, while the winners of the 2 vs. 7 and 3 vs. 6 matchups will square off at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Both best-of-five ALDS will be scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 9.

In the NL, Arlington’s Globe Life Field will host the Division Series featuring the winners of the 1 vs. 8 and 4 vs. 5 NL Wild Card Series, while the winners of the 2 vs. 7 and 3 vs. 6 series will play their NLDS at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

Both best-of-five NLDS will be scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 6 through Saturday, Oct. 10.

San Diego will then host the AL Championship Series, which is presented by GEICO and will air exclusively on TBS, beginning Sunday, Oct. 11. A potential Game 7 would take place on Saturday, Oct. 17.

The NL Championship Series, which is presented by Camping World, will begin in Arlington on Monday, Oct. 12, with a potential Game 7 taking place on Sunday, Oct. 18. The NLCS will air exclusively on FOX or FS1.

ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2020 MLB Postseason games. The entire postseason schedule can be viewed in its entirety at MLB.com/postseason.

WILD CARD SERIES Presented by Hankook on ESPN and TBS
Best-of-three (Italics below indicate "if necessary")
Hosted by each league’s top four seeds

Tuesday, Sept. 29
• AL Wild Card Series A (1/8) Game 1
• AL Wild Card Series B (2/7) Game 1
• AL Wild Card Series C (3/6) Game 1
• AL Wild Card Series D (4/5) Game 1

Wednesday, Sept. 30
• AL Wild Card Series A (1/8) Game 2
• AL Wild Card Series B (2/7) Game 2
• AL Wild Card Series C (3/6) Game 2
• AL Wild Card Series D (4/5) Game 2
• NL Wild Card Series A (1/8) Game 1
• NL Wild Card Series B (2/7) Game 1
• NL Wild Card Series C (3/6) Game 1
• NL Wild Card Series D (4/5) Game 1

Thursday, Oct. 1
• AL Wild Card Series A (1/8) Game 3
• AL Wild Card Series B (2/7) Game 3
• AL Wild Card Series C (3/6) Game 3
• AL Wild Card Series D (4/5) Game 3

• NL Wild Card Series A (1/8) Game 2
• NL Wild Card Series B (2/7) Game 2
• NL Wild Card Series C (3/6) Game 2
• NL Wild Card Series D (4/5) Game 2

Friday, Oct. 2
• NL Wild Card Series A (1/8) Game 3
• NL Wild Card Series B (2/7) Game 3
• NL Wild Card Series C (3/6) Game 3
• NL Wild Card Series D (4/5) Game 3

DIVISION SERIES
Best-of-five (Italics below indicate "if necessary")
ALDS presented by Utz in San Diego and Los Angeles;
NLDS presented by Doosan in Arlington and Houston

Monday, Oct. 5
• AL Division Series A Game 1, San Diego (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners), TBS
• AL Division Series B Game 1, Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners), TBS

Tuesday, Oct. 6
• AL Division Series A Game 2, San Diego (1/8 vs 4/5 winners), TBS
• AL Division Series B Game 2, Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners), TBS
• NL Division Series A Game 1, Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners), FS1 or MLBN
• NL Division Series B Game 1, Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners), FS1 or MLBN

Wednesday, Oct. 7
• AL Division Series A Game 3, San Diego (1/8 vs 4/5 winners), TBS
• AL Division Series B Game 3, Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners), TBS
• NL Division Series A Game 2, Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners), FS1 or MLBN
• NL Division Series B Game 2, Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners), FS1 or MLBN

Thursday, Oct. 8
• AL Division Series A Game 4, San Diego (1/8 vs 4/5 winners), TBS
• AL Division Series B Game 4, Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners), TBS

• NL Division Series A Game 3, Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners), FS1 or MLBN
• NL Division Series B Game 3, Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners), FS1 or MLBN

Friday, Oct. 9
• AL Division Series A Game 5, San Diego (1/8 vs 4/5 winners), TBS
• AL Division Series B Game 5, Los Angeles (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners), TBS

• NL Division Series A Game 4, Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners), FS1
• NL Division Series B Game 4, Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners), FS1

Saturday, Oct. 10
• NL Division Series A Game 5, Arlington (1/8 vs. 4/5 winners), FS1
• NL Division Series B Game 5, Houston (2/7 vs. 3/6 winners), FS1

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Best-of-seven (Italics below indicate "if necessary")
ALCS presented by GEICO in San Diego;
NLCS presented by Camping World in Arlington

Sunday, Oct. 11
• ALCS Game 1, San Diego, TBS

Monday, Oct. 12
• ALCS, Game 2, San Diego, TBS
• NLCS Game 1, Arlington, FOX or FS1

Tuesday, Oct. 13
• ALCS Game 3, San Diego, TBS
• NLCS Game 2, Arlington, FOX or FS1

Wednesday, Oct. 14
• ALCS Game 4, San Diego, TBS
• NLCS Game 3, Arlington, FOX or FS1

Thursday, Oct. 15
• ALCS Game 5, San Diego, TBS
• NLCS, Game 4, Arlington, FOX or FS1

Friday, Oct. 16
• ALCS Game 6, San Diego, TBS
• NLCS, Game 5, Arlington, FOX or FS1

Saturday, Oct. 17
• ALCS Game 7, San Diego, TBS
• NLCS Game 6, Arlington, FOX or FS1

Sunday, Oct. 18
• NLCS Game 7, Arlington, FOX or FS1

THE 116th WORLD SERIES
Best-of-seven (Italics below indicate "if necessary")
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas

Tuesday, Oct. 20
• World Series Game 1, Arlington, FOX

Wednesday, Oct. 21
• World Series Game 2, Arlington, FOX

Thursday, Oct. 22
OFF-DAY

Friday, Oct. 23
• World Series Game 3, Arlington, FOX

Saturday, Oct. 24
• World Series Game 4, Arlington, FOX

Sunday, Oct. 25
• World Series Game 5, Arlington, FOX

Monday, Oct. 26
OFF-DAY

Tuesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 6, Arlington, FOX

Wednesday, Oct. 28
• World Series, Game 7, Arlington, FOX

Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001.