How does MLB’s new playoff format work? Major League Baseball’s new postseason format for the 2022 season expands the playing field, creates more games and introduces a different path to the pennant. The wild-card game has been eliminated and gone is the one-game playoff to break ties in the standings.
The American League Championship Series (ALCS) 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 American League (AL) Division Series.
It will remain a best-of-five in a 2-2-1 format, with home-field advantage going to the higher seed. Are there any other changes to the postseason? No. The League Championship Series and World Series rounds remain best-of-seven in a 2-3-2 format, with regard to home-field advantage.
MLB.com’s Sarah Langs and Elias confirmed that the Guardians will be the eighth team to qualify for the playoffs as MLB’s youngest team (weighted by plate appearances and batters faced), assuming they remain the youngest when the season concludes, and the first to do so since the Mets in 1986.
There are still a couple weeks left to go in the 2022 MLB regular season, but a few teams are already looking toward October. The Dodgers have officially secured the season’s first playoff berth, and the Houston Astros, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians followed next.
The NLDS is a best-of-five series where the wild card team is assigned to play the divisional winner with the best winning percentage in the regular season in one series, and the other two division winners met in the other series with the team with the second best winning percentage, getting home-field.
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 game seven is comparable to a final or to a single game in a single-elimination tournament or to a one-game playoff. A championship series’ game seven is equivalent to the Super Bowl game in the National Football League in that the game’s winner is the league’s champion for the season.
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 Wild Card Series (formerly known as Wild Card Game prior to 2022) are games that serve as the opening round of the Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason. A single wild card game was first instituted in 2012; best-of-three playoff wild card series were adopted for the 2022 season.
The Division Series will be best of five. The Championship Series and World Series will be best of seven, with the team holding the higher seed wielding home-field advantage by hosting Games 1, 2, 6 and 7. There won’t be any Game 163 tiebreakers. Ties will be settled by the teams’ head-to-head record.
Both the National and American Leagues each give six playoff slots: winners of each division (the East, Central and West) and three wild card spots. The teams are seeded as follows: Number one overall seed is awarded to the division winner with the best overall record.
The Guardians clinched their division before the Yankees clinched theirs.
In a division that changed all summer, the Cleveland Guardians (86-67) prevailed. The Chicago White Sox (76-77) and Minnesota Twins (74-79), both of who were atop the division throughout the first half of the season, barely remain alive in the wild-card race.
The Guardians have defied the odds from the start and became the first team to win a division with at least 16 rookies making their major league debuts.
Teams will play 13 games against each of 4 opponents within its division (52 games), as well as 6 games each against 6 of the other 10 opponents within its own league and 7 games each against 4 of the other 10 opponents within its own league (64 games).
Ground-ball Rate (GB%)
Each ball that is hit into the field of play is characterized as a line drive, a fly ball, a ground ball or a pop-up. Ground-ball rate can be used as a metric to evaluate both hitters and pitchers.
The first team in each series to three wins takes the series and moves on to the NLCS. As in a typical best of five series, the number of wins dictates the number of games in the series. Note that one series may take all five games to determine a winner while the other series establishes a winner in three games.
The 2021 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-games series in Major League Baseball (MLB) to determine the participating teams of the 2021 National League Championship Series.
The Division Series, known as either the ALDS or the NLDS, is essentially a quarter-final – there are eight teams remaining at this point. The winners of the Wild Card Games play the team in their league with the best regular season record, while the other two remaining teams in each league play each other.
The winners of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and the National League Championship Series (NLCS) play each other in the best-of-seven World Series. The current system allows for up to 54 postseason games and at least 32 games.
In baseball, a series refers to two or more consecutive games played between the same two teams. Historically and currently, professional baseball season revolves around a schedule of series, each typically lasting three or four games.
In the National Basketball Association (NBA), a game seven is the final game of a best-of-seven series in the NBA playoffs. Based on the playoffs format arrangement, it is played in the venue of the team holding home-court advantage for the series.
The winners of the Play-In tournament will receive the 7th and 8th-seeded positions in each conference. Following the Play-In Tournament, the NBA Playoffs will commence with the traditional 16-team, best-of-seven series structure.