The top two seeds of the American and National leagues will receive first-round byes into the Division Series (DS) and the other two division winners will be the third seed in their respective league. The three Wild Card teams will be the fourth, fifth and sixth seeds.
The new format will do away with the single wild-card game, and instead pit the third-best division winner against the last team in while the best and second-best wild-card winners play each other. These games will all be played in a three-game series’ hosted by the team with the better record.
The teams are seeded as follows:
Number one overall seed is awarded to the division winner with the best overall record. The second and third seeds are given to the remaining division winners in the order of win-loss record. Each wild card slot is awarded to the best overall record of the remaining teams in the league.
In Major League Baseball (MLB), the wild card teams are the three teams in each of the two leagues (American and National) that have qualified for the postseason despite failing to win their division. Those teams in each league possess the three best winning percentages in their league after the three division winners.
The top two division winners in each league will receive byes to the Division Series. The other four teams in each league will play best-of-three series in the Wild Card round, with the higher seed hosting all three games.
The Wild Card Round is best-of-three games. The League Division Series (ALCS & NLCS) is best-of-five games. The League Championship Series (ALDS & NLDS) is best-of-seven games. The World Series (WS) is best-of-seven games.
With the current 2–2–1 format however, both teams have the home-field advantage in a sense. While one team gets to host three games (including the critical first and last game), the other team does get two chances out of three (games 3 and 4) of winning the series on its home field.
Six teams from both the National League and American League compete for two spots in the World Series. The MLB teams that each won their respective divisions automatically qualify for the MLB playoffs.
The 1980 Raiders were the first wild card team to win the Super Bowl, beating the Eagles in Super Bowl 15. The most recent team to accomplish the feat was the 2020 Buccaneers, who beat the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.
The World Series pits the champion of the American League against the champion of the National League to determine an overall winner. Each league is divided into three divisions each – West, Central and East. The team with the best record in each division gets an automatic playoff berth.
The Wild Card game is a playoff game between two teams that didn’t win their respective league. In the NFL, all teams playing Wild Card games can participate in the Super Bowl.
Twelve teams total will reach the MLB postseason — six in each league. The three division winners in each league will be joined by three wild-card teams.
The Blue Jays enter the series in the top wild card spot in the American League, two games ahead of the Rays and 2.5 up on the Seattle Mariners, who also are struggling.
The Orioles are now three games back of the Seattle Mariners for the final wild-card spot. The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays are tied for top spot, 1.5 games ahead of the Mariners.
By Chad Finn Globe Staff,Updated August 23, 2022, 8:53 a.m.
The regular season runs from late March/early April to late September/early October, followed by the postseason which can run to early November. The season begins with the official Opening Day, and, as of 2018, runs 26½ weeks through the last Sunday of September or first Sunday of October.
World Series Champions
|2021||Atlanta Braves||Houston Astros|
|2020||Los Angeles Dodgers||Tampa Bay Rays|
|2019||Washington Nationals||Houston Astros|
The top two wild card teams in each league will play each other in a best-of-three series. In each series, all three games will take place at the same ballpark. The high seed will be home for all three games. All four Wild Card Series will take place on three consecutive days between October 7 and October 9.
The Divisional Series is a best-of-five series, featuring the three division winners and a wild-card team. Typically, the wild-card team plays the division leader with the best winning percentage in one series, and the other two division leaders play the other series.
The National League Championship Series (NLCS) is a best-of-seven playoff and one of two League Championship Series comprising the penultimate round of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) postseason. It is contested by the winners of the two National League (NL) Division Series.
Beating the Seahawks 21-10 in the Super Bowl, the Steelers became the first team since the merger to win a Super Bowl without playing a single home playoff game.
Meanwhile, teams with home-field advantage in the World Series have become champions over 59% of the time since 1925.
In the NHL, 59% of games are won by home teams. In rugby, the win rate for home teams is 58%, while in American football, it’s 57.6%. In the United States, Major League Baseball home teams win 54.1% of the time.
NFL odds: How much is home-field advantage really worth on the spread? Las Vegas oddsmakers said that home-field advantage was generally worth around 2.8 points in the National Football League for decades.