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MLB postseason schedule: Wild card, NLDS, NLCS & World Series dates

NLDS begins on Saturday, October 7

MLB: OCT 11 NLDS Padres at Dodgers Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Major League Baseball unveiled the 2023 postseason schedule on Tuesday, with the wild card round kicking things off on Tuesday, October 3 and both leagues’ division series beginning on Saturday, October 7.

Game 1 of the World Series is Friday, October 27, with Game 7 scheduled for Saturday, November 4, if necessary.

The ESPN cadre of networks will televise all four wild card series, each best-of-three, which are bunched together over three days, from October 3-5, with all (potentially) three games in the ballpark of the higher seed.

Under the old single-game wild card format, the American League and National League would play the wild card games on different days, and the division series would start two days later, such that both the division series and league championship series were staggered, limiting (in as much as possible) the days with no baseball in October.

But with the wild card series in both leagues played in the same three days, that staggering comes in the first weekend of the division series. Both NLDS have off days between Games 1 and 2, in addition to the potentially two travel off days.

2023 NLDS schedule

Game Date TV
Game Date TV
1 Sat, Oct 7 TBS
2 Mon, Oct 9 TBS
3 Wed, Oct 11 TBS
4* Thu, Oct 12 TBS
5* Sat, Oct 14 TBS
*if necessary

2023 ALDS schedule

Game Date TV
Game Date TV
1 Sat, Oct 7 Fox/FS1
2 Sun, Oct 8 Fox/FS1
3 Tue, Oct 10 Fox/FS1
4* Wed, Oct 11 Fox/FS1
5* Fri, Oct 13 Fox/FS1
*if necessary

Last year, because of the three extra days added to the back end of the regular season after the lockout, the division series was truncated, with no travel day between Games 4 and 5. The Dodgers got around this problem by having several off days after Game 4 of the NLDS in San Diego.

TBS has the National League Division Series and NL Championship Series this year, with Fox and FS1 broadcasting the American League. The NLCS starts on Monday, October 16, and if it goes the distance would end with Game 7 on Tuesday, October 24.

2023 NLCS schedule

Game Date TV
Game Date TV
1 Mon, Oct 16 TBS
2 Tue, Oct 17 TBS
3 Thu, Oct 19 TBS
4 Fri, Oct 20 TBS
5* Sat, Oct 21 TBS
6* Mon, Oct 23 TBS
7* Tue, Oct 24 TBS
*if necessary

2023 ALCS schedule

Game Date TV
Game Date TV
1 Sun, Oct 15 Fox/FS1
2 Mon, Oct 16 Fox/FS1
3 Wed, Oct 18 Fox/FS1
4 Thu, Oct 19 Fox/FS1
5* Fri, Oct 20 Fox/FS1
6* Sun, Oct 22 Fox/FS1
7* Mon, Oct 23 Fox/FS1
*if necessary

Fox will televise the World Series, with Joe Davis set for his second Fall Classic behind the mic, along with John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal and the rest of the Fox crew. The World Series begins on Friday, October 27, with the potential for three November games, culminating in Game 7 on Saturday, November 4.

2023 World Series schedule

Game Date TV
Game Date TV
1 Fri, Oct 27 Fox
2 Sat, Oct 28 Fox
3 Mon, Oct 30 Fox
4 Tue, Oct 31 Fox
5* Wed, Nov 1 Fox
6* Fri, Nov 3 Fox
7* Sat, Nov 4 Fox
*if necessary