Along with “Super Bowl” and “The Masters,” “October baseball” is one of the greatest two-word phrases in sports. Following one of the closest finishes in recent memory, the postseason field is finally set, and the Wild Card games feature four of the most storied franchises in baseball. First up is the most classic of rivalries, the Yankees and the Red Sox (Tue., Oct. 5, 8pm ET on ESPN). After a streaky season for both teams, they’ll have the chance to eliminate their hated rival in Tuesday’s Wild Card game on ESPN.
The NL Wild Card (Wed., Oct. 6, 8pm ET on TBS) is a matchup between two of the most successful National League franchises, the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. Despite winning 106 games, the Dodgers fell a game short of the Giants for their ninth straight NL West title. As a result, they will play the St. Louis Cardinals, who enter the postseason on the heels of a franchise-best 17-game winning streak.
Although the full Divisional Series schedule has not yet been announced, we already know six of the teams that will be playing. In the AL, the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays will face either the Red Sox or Yankees, one of their AL East rivals. The other ALDS series will be Chicago White Sox facing the Houston Astros; the ‘Stros have home field advantage in the best-of-five series. In the National League, the Cards/ Dodgers winner will move on to face the San Francisco Giants, while the Milwaukee Brewers will host the Atlanta Braves in their series.
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WILD CARD GAMES
Tuesday, Oct. 5
• Yankees at Red Sox: AL Wild Card Game (Red Sox win 6-2)
Wednesday, Oct. 6
• Cardinals at Dodgers: NL Wild Card Game (Dodgers win 3-1)
Thursday, Oct. 7
• Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros, Game 1 (Astros win 6-1)
• Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1 (Rays win 5-0)
Friday, Oct. 8
• Chicago White Sox st Houston Astros, Game 2 (Astros win 9-4)
• Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays, Game 2 (Red Sox win 14-6)
• Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers, Game 1 (Brewers win 2-1)
• Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, Game 1 (Giants win 4-0)
Saturday, Oct. 9
• Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers, Game 2 (Braves win 3-0)
• Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, Game 2 (Dodgers win 9-2)
Sunday, Oct. 10
• Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox, Game 3 (Red Sox win 6-4)
• Chicago White Sox Houston Astros, Game 3 (White Sox win 12-6)
Monday, Oct. 11
• Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta Braves, Game 3 (TBS, 1pm ET)
• Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox, Game 4* (FS1, 3:30pm ET)
• Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox, Game 4* (FS1, 7pm ET)
• San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, Game 3 (TBS, 9:30pm ET)
Tuesday, Oct. 12
• Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta Braves, Game 4* (TBS, 5pm ET)
• San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, Game 4* (TBS, 9pm ET)
Wednesday, Oct. 13
• Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays, Game 5* (FS1, 5pm ET)
• Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros, Game 5* (FS1, 9pm ET)
Thursday, Oct. 14
• Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, Game 5* (TBS, 5pm ET)
• Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers, Game 5* (TBS, 9pm ET)