Major League Baseball unveiled its postseason schedule on Thursday, which revealed among other things that if the World Series goes a full seven games the championship will be decided on Halloween.
Ending on October 31 was pretty much a given with how postseason scheduled have worked out in the past, with the Fall Classic starting on a Tuesday and spread over a potential seven days, ending on a Wednesday. The 2017 regular season ended on Oct. 1 and the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers decided the World Series with a Game 7 on November 1. This regular season ends on September 30.
After that Sunday finale to the season, the Wild Card Games are played on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the National League on ESPN on Oct. 2 and the American League on TBS on Oct. 3.
TBS will televise the entirety of the AL playoffs, through the American League Championship Series, with both American League Division Series starting on Friday, Oct. 5. The ALCS starts on Saturday, Oct. 13.
Both NL Division Series will begin on Thursday, Oct. 4, televised by Fox Sports 1 or MLB Network. The NLCS starts on Friday, Oct. 12 and will be broadcast by Fox and FS1.
The World Series starts on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the home of the team with the best record among the two pennant winners.
Wild Card Games
|National League||Tue, Oct 2||ESPN|
|American League||Wed, Oct 3||TBS|
|Game 1||Thu, Oct 4||FS1 or MLB Network|
|Game 2||Fri, Oct 5||FS1 or MLB Network|
|Game 3||Sun, Oct 7||FS1 or MLB Network|
|Game 4*||Mon, Oct 8||FS1|
|Game 5*||Wed, Oct 10||FS1|
|Game 1||Fri, Oct 5||TBS|
|Game 2||Sat, Oct 6||TBS|
|Game 3||Mon, Oct 8||TBS|
|Game 4*||Tue, Oct 9||TBS|
|Game 5*||Thu, Oct 11||TBS|
|Game 1||Fri, Oct 12||Fox or FS1|
|Game 2||Sat, Oct 13||Fox or FS1|
|Game 3||Mon, Oct 15||Fox or FS1|
|Game 4||Tue, Oct 16||Fox or FS1|
|Game 5*||Wed, Oct 17||Fox or FS1|
|Game 6*||Fri, Oct 19||Fox or FS1|
|Game 7*||Sat, Oct 20||Fox or FS1|
|Game 1||Sat, Oct 13||TBS|
|Game 2||Sun, Oct 14||TBS|
|Game 3||Tue, Oct 16||TBS|
|Game 4||Wed, Oct 17||TBS|
|Game 5*||Thu, Oct 18||TBS|
|Game 6*||Sat, Oct 20||TBS|
|Game 7*||Sun, Oct 21||TBS|
|Game 1||Tue, Oct 23||Fox|
|Game 2||Wed, Oct 24||Fox|
|Game 3||Fri, Oct 26||Fox|
|Game 4||Sat, Oct 27||Fox|
|Game 5*||Sun, Oct 28||Fox|
|Game 6*||Tue, Oct 30||Fox|
|Game 7*||Wed, Oct 31||Fox|