Every MLB Wild Card 2022 Game Starting Info and How to Watch It

MLB Wild Card Weekend Series Start Time How To Watch Originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

It’s the best time of the year for all baseball fans: October.

This month means playoff baseball is finally here, and there will be even more in 2022 with the new, expanded postseason format.

Starting Friday, eight teams will face off in the first-ever Wild Card Series. In years past, this round was just a one-game, win-win contest between the two highest-ranked non-division winners. Now two Division winners and six other wildcard teams will compete for the Division Series.

Here is the full schedule, watch information, format and odds for the MLB Wild Card Series:

How many teams make the joker in baseball?

From 2022, there will be eight teams competing in the wild card – four in the American League and four in the National League. Wild card teams include the lowest division winner in each league and the three highest ranked non-division winners in each league. The top two division winners in each league earn a bye to the division series.

Here are the wild card teams and matchups entering the 2022 MLB playoffs:

American League

#3 Cleveland Goalies (AL Central champion) vs. #6 Tampa Bay Rays
No. 4 Toronto Blue Jays vs. No. 5 Seattle Mariners

National League

No. 3 St. Louis Cardinals (NL Central champion) vs. No. 6 Philadelphia Phillies
No. 4 New York Mets vs. No. 5 San Diego Padres

How many games is the wild card series?

From 2012 to 2021 (except 2020), the joker was only one game. But under the new collective bargaining agreement signed in March, each series will be best-of-three.

The highest seed will host all games in the series, and the games will all be played on consecutive days – much like a normal series in the regular season.

When does the MLB wildcard series start?

The MLB Wild Card Series kicks off Friday, October 7. The second game of each series will take place on October 8 and the necessary third games will take place on October 9.

What is the MLB wild card schedule?

It’ll be nonstop action for baseball fans in the wildcard round, with four postseason games guaranteed on Friday and Saturday.

How to watch MLB wild card weekend

All games will be available on ESPN or ABC.

Here is the full schedule for this weekend:

Friday, October 7 (game 1)

Match 1 (TB-CLE): 12:07 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 1 (PHI-STL): 2:07 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 1 (SEA-TOR): 4:07 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 1 (SD-NYM): 8:07 p.m. ET on ESPN

Saturday October 8 (game 2)

Match 2 (TB-CLE): 12:07 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Game 2 (SEA-TOR): 4:07 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2 (SD-NYM): 7:37 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 2 (PHI-STL): 8:37 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Sunday October 9 (game 3, if necessary)

Game 3 (SEA-TOR): 2:07 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 3 (TB-CLE): 4:07 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 3 (SD-NYM): 7:37 p.m. ET on ESPN

Game 3 (PHI-STL): 8:37 p.m. ET on ESPN2

Neal T. Doss