The new, 12-team playoff format The postseason field grows from 10 teams to 12 teams with the addition of an extra wild-card entrant in each league. The Wild Card Game has been replaced by the best-of-three Wild Card Series, which functions as the first round of play.
After the 2020 Major League Baseball postseason, the MLB returned to the 10-team playoff format following the loosening of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. This was also the last postseason to feature the 10-team format, as for the 2022 season, the league expanded the postseason format to 12 teams.
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 53 postseason games and at least 32 games.
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 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.
What is the new format? MLB will implement a 12-team playoff bracket, featuring six teams from each league, rather than last year’s format with 10 teams (five from each league). Each side of the bracket will have three division winners and three wild-card teams.
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.
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.
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.
Now, with the postseason expanded to three Wild Card teams per league, the opening round is a best-of-three series.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays have clinched a berth in Major League Baseball’s postseason for a fourth consecutive season, extending the longest such streak in franchise history.
With Thursday’s Orioles loss, the Blue Jays clinched a spot in the 2022 postseason. The Blue Jays punched their ticket. With the Orioles falling to the Red Sox on Thursday, Toronto clinched a spot in the 2022 Major League Baseball postseason.
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 new, 12-team playoff format
The Wild Card Game has been replaced by the best-of-three Wild Card Series, which functions as the first round of play. The higher seed in each Wild Card Series will host all the games of that series, be it two or the maximum three games.
The Mets clinched a playoff spot last week with a Monday night win against the Brewers. It’ll be the team’s first trip to the postseason since earning a Wild Card berth in 2016—they were eventually eliminated by the Giants in the one-game Wild Card.
Who is in?- Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers secured the season’s first playoff berth – L.A.’s 10th straight trip to the postseason – and followed that by clinching the NL West with a win in Arizona the next day.
New York Mets.
New York Yankees.
Toronto Blue Jays.
TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays are headed to the postseason, clinching an American League Wild Card spot Thursday without even picking up a baseball.
In order to determine the champion of Major League Baseball in the U.S. and Canada, the winners from the National League and the American League play the “World Series.” The Series consists of seven games. If a team wins four out of the seven games, they are the champions.
Padres steady in Wild Card race despite 10-inning loss.
NL MVP: Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals
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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 four wild-card round participants in each league comprise the division winner with the worst record among division winners and the three non-division winners with the best records. That division winner is automatically the No. 3 seed regardless of whether one or all of the other wild-card teams has a better record.