Tentative postseason schedule announced

Tentative postseason schedule announced

Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday a tentative schedule for the postseason, which, if the World Series goes to Game 7, would be the latest finish to an MLB season ever, beginning with the National League and American League Division Series on Oct. 7.

The first two games of the Division Series will run from Oct. 7-9 -- Wednesday to Friday -- before changing cities for the weekend. The decisive Game 5, if necessary, will be played for the NL on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Wednesday, Oct. 14, for the AL.

The Championship Series will start with the NL on Oct. 15, followed by the AL the next day. Both leagues will play the first two games back-to-back, then get an off-day when the series shifts cities for Game 3 -- on Sunday, Oct. 18, for the NL, and Monday, Oct. 19 for the AL. Game 6 of the ALCS and Game 7 of the NLCS -- if necessary -- will be held Saturday, Oct. 24. The ALCS Game 7 would be played Oct. 25.

The World Series will start Oct. 28 -- a Wednesday -- and the first two games will be played on back-to-back days. That will be followed by an off-day, as the series will change cities for Game 3 on Saturday, Oct. 31. There will be no off-days between Games 3, 4 and 5. Games 6 and 7, if necessary, would lie on Wednesday, Nov. 4, and Thursday, Nov. 5, respectively.

All these dates, however, are subject to change.

TBS will carry all the Division Series games as well as the NLCS. FOX will then take over with the ALCS and World Series.

As of Wednesday morning, the Yankees (six-game lead in the East), Tigers (4 1/2-game lead in the Central), Angels (four-game lead in the West) and Red Sox (1 1/2-game lead in the Wild Card) would make up the AL playoffs. For the NL, it would be the defending World Series champion Phillies (seven-game lead in the East), Cardinals (nine-game lead in the Central), Dodgers (two-game lead in the West) and Rockies (four-game lead in the Wild Card).

If the playoffs started today, the Yankees would have home-field advantage over the Tigers, and the Angels would have it over the Red Sox in the ALDS. In the NLDS, the Phillies would have home-field advantage over the Rockies, and the Dodgers would have it over the Cardinals.

Home-field advantage for the Division Series will go to the two division winners with the highest winning percentage, with the first tiebreaker being head-to-head records.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.