MLB announces postseason schedule, World Series bleeds into November

Will the Cardinals and/or Royals be playing in November?
Will the Cardinals and/or Royals be playing in November? (USATSI)

Major League Baseball has revealed its postseason schedule and the big news -- even though it's not surprising with the season beginning on April 5 -- is that the World Series will bleed into the month of November. Thanks to the final regular season games being played on October 4, the wild card games and the several rounds before the World Series, it was unavoidable.

Here's the schedule.

Monday 10/5 would be any one-game playoffs to get into the playoffs.

Tuesday 10/6: AL wild card game
Wednesday 10/7: NL wild card game

ALDS A (top record vs. wild card winner) and ALDS B (two division winners without top record)

Game 1: Thursday, 10/8
Game 2: Friday, 10/9
Game 3: Sunday, 10/11
Game 4: Monday, 10/12
Game 5: Wednesday, 10/14

NLDS A (same set up as AL) and NLDS B

Game 1: Friday, 10/9
Game 2: Saturday, 10/10
Game 3: Monday, 10/12
Game 4: Tuesday, 10/13
Game 5: Thursday, 10/15

ALCS

Game 1: Friday, 10/16
Game 2: Saturday, 10/17
Game 3: Monday, 10/19
Game 4: Tuesday, 10/20
Game 5: Wednesday, 10/21
Game 6: Friday, 10/23
Game 7: Saturday, 10/24

NLCS

Game 1: Saturday, 10/17
Game 2: Sunday, 10/18
Game 3: Tuesday, 10/20
Game 4: Wednesday, 10/21
Game 5: Thursday, 10/22
Game 6: Saturday, 10/24
Game 7: Sunday, 10/25

World Series

Game 1: Tuesday, 10/27
Game 2: Wednesday, 10/28
Game 3: Friday, 10/30
Game 4: Saturday, 10/31
Game 5: Sunday, 11/1
Game 6: Tuesday, 11/3
Game 7: Wednesday, 11/4

Obviously, the best of five League Divisional Series round means games four and five carry the "if necessary" asterisk while the same applies for the best-of-seven LCS and World Series rounds.

The teams with the best record host games 1, 2 and 5 in the LDS round and 1, 2, 6 and 7 in the LCS round. By virtue of winning the All-Star Game, the AL team will host games 1, 2, 6 and 7 in the World Series.

The World Series ended on October 29 last season. The last time it went into November was in 2010, when the Giants won the series in five games, with the fifth game coming on November 1. In 2009, the six-game series went to November 4. The 2001 Fall Classic also went to November 4, which is the latest on a calendar the World Series has ever been played.

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