MLB sets championship series start times

Dilip Vishwanat

Now that the Cardinals are through the division series, the schedules for the ALCS and NLCS have been released.

Major League Baseball has released the schedule for both League Championship Series, the first of which will kick off this Friday in St. Louis. Both series will be in the 2-3-2 format, meaning there will be off-days after the second and fifth games so the squads can travel.

Before the Cardinals' deciding victory over the Pirates on Wednesday, there was still a 50/50 chance that the NLCS would begin in Los Angeles. That's not the case for the AL side of things. Though the Tigers and Athletics still have their deciding Game 5 left to settle, the Boston Red Sox will have home-field advantage in either scenario.

As they are best-of-seven series, everything after Game 4 carries the "if necessary" caveat:

NLCS: Cardinals vs. Dodgers

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 11 - 8:37 p.m. ET in St. Louis
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 12 - 4:07 p.m. ET in St. Louis
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 14 - 8:07 p.m. ET  in Los Angeles
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 15 - 8:07 p.m. ET  in Los Angeles
Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 16 - 4:07 p.m. ET  in Los Angeles
Game 6: Friday, Oct. 18 - 8:37 p.m. ET in St. Louis
Game 7: Saturday, Oct. 19 - 8:37 p.m. ET in St. Louis

ALCS: Red Sox vs. Athletics/Tigers

Game 1: Saturday, Oct. 12 - 8:07 p.m. ET in Boston
Game 2: Sunday, Oct. 13 - 8:15 p.m. ET in Boston
Game 3: Tuesday, Oct. 15 - 4:07 p.m. ET in Oakland/Detroit
Game 4: Wednesday, Oct. 16 - 8:07 p.m. ET in Oakland/Detroit
Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 17 - 8:07 p.m. ET in Oakland/Detroit
Game 6: Saturday, Oct. 19 - 4:37 p.m. ET or 8:07 p.m. ET in Boston
Game 7: Sunday, Oct. 20 - 8:07 p.m. ET in Boston

Game 6 of the ALCS will be held in the evening if the NLCS has ended. If not, it'll start at the earlier afternoon time.

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