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2015 NLDS schedule: Dodgers open playoffs vs. Mets on Oct. 9

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Los Angeles and New York will meet for the third time in the playoffs, joining 1988 and 2006.

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The Dodgers on Tuesday clinched their third consecutive National League West title, ensuring a spot in the National League Division Series against the Mets, which begins on Friday, Oct. 9.

Where that NLDS begins will be decided in the season's final week. The Mets clinched the National League East on Saturday, and at 89-68 hold a one-game lead over the Dodgers (88-69) with five games remaining.

The Mets won four of seven games against the Dodgers this season, giving them the tiebreaker should both teams finish with the same record. That means Los Angeles has to finish ahead of New York in the standings for home field advantage in the NLDS.

The Dodgers' magic number to secure home field advantage is seven.

This will be the third time the Dodgers and Mets will have met in the playoffs. In 1988, the 94-win Dodgers lost the first game at home but survived to beat the 100-win New York squad in seven games after dropping 10 of 11 games to the Mets during the regular season.

In 2006, the Dodgers were swept by the Mets in a series that is most remembered for two Dodgers getting thrown out at the plate on the same play.

Here is the 2015 NLDS schedule. Game times will be determined at a later date.

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 9 at home team
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 10 at home team
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 12 at road team
Game 4*: Tuesday, Oct. 13 at road team
Game 5*: Thursday, Oct. 15 at home team
*if necessary

The entire National League playoffs will be televised on TBS.