MLB playoffs schedule 2020: Postseason dates, TV info and neutral sites for October baseball gamesMLB playoffs schedule 2020: Postseason dates, TV info and neutral sites for October baseball games

In September, Major League Baseball formally announced its plans for this fall’s postseason. These playoffs were already going to be unprecedented because of their expanded nature — 16 teams, or more than half the league, will gain entrance — but the addition of neutral-site bubbles for the Division, Championship, and World Series rounds is a new, if expected wrinkle.

Here’s how the expanded postseason will work. Each of the first- and second-place division finishers will qualify, along with the two teams with the next-best records. The teams will then be paired off based on seeding (No. 1 vs. No. 8 and so on), after which they’ll play a best-of-three series in the higher seed’s ballpark. The winner will then advance to the traditional best-of-five Division Series. Unlike in years past, that series will remain in place at a neutral site.

In the American League, the two Division Series will be hosted in California. The winners of the first-round matchups between the Nos. 1 and 8 and the Nos. 4 and 5 series will play in PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres. The winners of the first-round matchups between the Nos. 2 and 7 and the Nos. 3 and 6 matchups will play at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Over in the National League, the Division Series will be hosted in Texas. The winners of the first-round matchups between the Nos. 1 and 8 and the Nos. 4 and 5 series will play at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers. The winners of the first-round matchups between the Nos. 2 and 7 and the Nos. 3 and 6 matchups will play at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

PETCO Park will serve as the host for the AL Championship Series, while Globe Life Park will host both, the NL Championship Series and the World Series.

Wild Card Series (best-of-three)

DATE SERIES/GAME MATCHUP TIME (ET) TV VENUE
Tue., Sept. 29 AL Game 1 No. 1 vs. No. 8 TBD TBD TBD
AL Game 1 No. 2 vs. No. 7 TBD TBD TBD
AL Game 1 No. 3 vs. No. 6 TBD TBD TBD
AL Game 1 No. 4 vs. No. 5 TBD TBD TBD
Wed., Sept. 30 AL Game 2 No. 1 vs. No. 8 TBD TBD TBD
AL Game 2 No. 2 vs. No. 7 TBD TBD TBD
AL Game 2 No. 3 vs. No. 6 TBD TBD TBD
AL Game 2 No. 4 vs. No. 5 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 1 No. 1 vs. No. 8 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 1 No. 2 vs. No. 7 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 1 No. 3 vs. No. 6 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 1 No. 4 vs. No. 5 TBD TBD TBD
Thurs., Oct. 1 AL Game 3* No. 1 vs. No. 8 TBD TBD TBD
AL Game 3* No. 2 vs. No. 7 TBD TBD TBD
AL Game 3* No. 3 vs. No. 6 TBD TBD TBD
AL Game 3* No. 4 vs. No. 5 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 2 No. 1 vs. No. 8 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 2 No. 2 vs. No. 7 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 2 No. 3 vs. No. 6 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 2 No. 4 vs. No. 5 TBD TBD TBD
Fri., Oct. 2 NL Game 3* No. 1 vs. No. 8 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 3* No. 2 vs. No. 7 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 3* No. 3 vs. No. 6 TBD TBD TBD
NL Game 3* No. 4 vs. No. 5 TBD TBD TBD

*- if necessary 

League Division Series (best-of-five)

DATE SERIES/GAME MATCHUP TIME (ET) TV VENUE
Mon., Oct. 5 ALDS Game 1 1/8 vs. 4/5 TBD TBS San Diego
ALDS Game 1 2/7 vs. 3/6 TBD TBS Los Angeles
Tue., Oct. 6 ALDS Game 2 1/8 vs. 4/5 TBD TBS San Diego
ALDS Game 2 2/7 vs. 3/6 TBD TBS Los Angeles
NLDS Game 1 1/8 vs. 4/5 TBD FS1/MLBN Arlington
NLDS Game 1 2/7 vs. 3/6 TBD FS1/MLBN Houston
Wed., Oct. 7 ALDS Game 3 1/8 vs. 4/5 TBD TBS San Diego
ALDS Game 3 2/7 vs. 3/6 TBD TBS Los Angeles
NLDS Game 2 1/8 vs. 4/5 TBD FS1/MLBN Arlington
NLDS Game 2 2/7 vs. 3/6 TBD FS1/MLBN Houston
Thurs., Oct. 8 ALDS Game 4* 1/8 vs. 4/5 TBD TBS San Diego
ALDS Game 4* 2/7 vs. 3/6 TBD TBS Los Angeles
NLDS Game 3 1/8 vs. 4/5 TBD FS1/MLBN Arlington
NLDS Game 3 2/7 vs. 3/6 TBD FS1/MLBN Houston
Fri., Oct. 9 ALDS Game 5* 1/8 vs. 4/5 TBD TBS San Diego
ALDS Game 5* 2/7 vs. 3/6 TBD TBS Los Angeles
NLDS Game 4* 1/8 vs. 4/5 TBD FS1 Arlington
NLDS Game 4* 2/7 vs. 3/6 TBD FS1 Houston
Sat., Oct. 10 NLDS Game 5* 1/8 vs. 4/5 TBD FS1 Arlington
NLDS Game 5* 2/7 vs. 3/6 TBD FS1 Houston

*- if necessary 

League Championship Series (best-of-seven)

DATE SERIES/GAME MATCHUP TIME (ET) TV VENUE
Sun., Oct. 11 ALCS Game 1 TBD TBD TBS San Diego
Mon., Oct. 12 ALCS Game 2 TBD TBD TBS San Diego
NLCS Game 1 TBD TBD Fox/FS1 Arlington
Tue., Oct. 13 ALCS Game 3 TBD TBD TBS San Diego
NLCS Game 2 TBD TBD Fox/FS1 Arlington
Wed., Oct. 14 ALCS Game 4 TBD TBD TBS San Diego
NLCS Game 3 TBD TBD Fox/FS1 Arlington
Thurs., Oct. 15 ALCS Game 5* TBD TBD TBS San Diego
NLCS Game 4 TBD TBD Fox/FS1 Arlington
Fri., Oct. 16 ALCS Game 6* TBD TBD TBS San Diego
NLCS Game 5* TBD TBD Fox/FS1 Arlington
Sat., Oct. 17 ALCS Game 7* TBD TBD TBS San Diego
NLCS Game 6* TBD TBD Fox/FS1 Arlington
Sun., Oct. 18 NLCS Game 7* TBD TBD Fox/FS1 Arlington

*- if necessary 

2020 World Series (best-of-seven)

DATE GAME MATCHUP TIME (ET) TV SITE
Tue., Oct. 20 Game 1 AL champ vs. NL champ TBD Fox Arlington
Wed., Oct. 21 Game 2 AL champ vs. NL champ TBD Fox Arlington
Fri., Oct. 23 Game 3 AL champ vs. NL champ TBD Fox Arlington
Sat., Oct. 24 Game 4 AL champ vs. NL champ TBD Fox Arlington
Sun., Oct. 25 Game 5* AL champ vs. NL champ TBD Fox Arlington
Tue., Oct. 27 Game 6* AL champ vs. NL champ TBD Fox Arlington
Wed., Oct. 28 Game 7* AL champ vs. NL champ TBD Fox Arlington

*- if necessary