MLB postseason teams, schedules finalized on last day of regular season

Photo: Screenshot via MLB.com

Photo: Screenshot via MLB.com

Sunday was the final day of the regular season and before any games started, three Wild Card playoff positions were still up for grabs — two in the American League and one in the National League.

Now that those spots have been filled, the playoff picture has been finished.

The league’s 2016 postseason will look like this:


Wild Card Round:

AL Wild Card Game, Tuesday, Oct. 4:

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays

The Orioles and Blue Jays entered Sunday tied atop the Wild Card standings with the Detroit Tigers a game and a half out — long shots to make the postseason.

The Blue Jays ended up clinching at least one of the two spots when the Tigers lost to the Atlanta Braves. But Toronto beat the Boston Red Sox, 2-1, to clinch the No. 1 Wild Card spot by virtue of winning the regular season tiebreaker against the Orioles.

Baltimore beat the New York Yankees, 5-2, to clinch the other Wild Card spot Sunday.

Now Baltimore and Toronto, AL East rivals, will face off with identical 89-73 records and only one of them will get to play the Texas Rangers in the ALDS.


NL Wild Card Game, Wednesday, Oct. 5:

San Francisco Giants at New York Mets

The Mets had already clinched the No. 1 Wild Card spot earlier this week, but the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals needed wins to fill the second opening.

The Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-1, to earn the spot outright — even though the Cardinals won their game on Sunday as well, they were already a game behind the Giants when the day started.

That means the NL Wild Card game is all set with Madison Bumgarner expected to battle Noah Syndergaard on the mound.


Divisional Series:

ALDS Game 1, Thursday, Oct. 6:

Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians

The Red Sox lost their chance to get homefield advantage in the ALDS when they lost to the Blue Jays in Game 162.

The Indians haven’t hosted a playoff game since 2013 when they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card game. They haven’t hosted an ALDS game since 2007 when they went all the way to the ALCS before losing to Boston.


ALDS Game 1, Thursday, Oct. 6:

ALWC Winner at Texas Rangers

The Rangers won the AL West in dominant fashion, taking the crown by 9.5 games.

Both of their possible opponents are responsible for their last two playoff exits.

Texas lost a heartbreaker of an ALDS to the Blue Jays last season in five games and were on the wrong end of a Wild Card loss to the Orioles in 2012.


NLDS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 7:

Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals

The Dodgers are in the NLDS for the fourth-straight year but they haven’t made it past this round in either of the last two postseasons.

The Nationals prefer making the postseason in even years — they were in the NLDS in ’12, ’14 and now ’16, but they haven’t made it into the NLCS since 1981.


NLDS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 7:

NLWC Winner at Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have high expectations this postseason. They finished the year with 103 wins, the only team to reach the 100-win mark, and are heavy favorites to win the World Series.

They may have a tough NLDS no matter which of the two Wild Card teams they face.

The Mets are defending NL champions and eliminated the Cubs last year in the NLCS. The Giants, on the other hand, have superstition on their side — they have won the World Series in each even year since 2010.


ALCS Game 1, Friday, Oct. 14

NLCS Game 1, Saturday, Oct. 15

World Series Game 1, Tuesday, Oct. 25

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