MLB 2022 postseason: Everything you need to know about the new round of wild cards

One of the issues that separated Major League Baseball and the MLBPA during the offseason shutdown was how many postseason teams would advance.

The two sides eventually agreed on 12 teams, prompting a shakeup in the postseason group.

The “Wild Card Round” was held in 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic-shortened season and was thought to be a temporary fix, but now it’s here to stay.

Here’s everything you need to know about the wild card round starting Friday afternoon…

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Wide general view of Busch Stadium during the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game. Game 4. St. Louis Oct. 7, 2014.
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HOW DOES IT WORK

Outside of the 2020 season, this marks the third time the MLB postseason has been expanded since the 1995 season. After three division winners and one wild card from 1995 through 2011, the 2012 season saw two wild card teams, giving rise to the Wild Card Game: One game, do or die, winner faces top seed in Division Series, loser goes home – until last season.

As of this year, there are now three wild cards along with the three division winners. However, like the old NFL playoff format, the top two seeds are given a “bye” in the Division Series.

This weekend, the three seeds (the division winner with the worst record of the three) will host the six seeds in, as in 2020, a best-of-3 series where all games will be played on consecutive days at the planted higher. . The four seeds house the five.

WHO IS PLAYING

The third seed Cleveland Guardians -which won the American League Central Division- will welcome the Seattle Mariners. The fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Rays will travel north to Toronto to face their division rival, the Blue Jays.

A general view of the 2020 Wild Card Series logo on the LED scoreboard during batting practice before Game 1 of the Wild Card Series between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in Cleveland.

A general view of the 2020 Wild Card Series logo on the LED scoreboard during batting practice before Game 1 of the Wild Card Series between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in Cleveland.
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In the National League, the five-seeded San Diego Padres fly east to face the fourth seed. New York Mets. The St. Louis Cardinals, winners of the National League Central Division, will host the Philadelphia Phillies.

WHATS NEXT

To ensure that the top seed in each league does not face a division winner in the Division Series, there will be no reseeding. The top-seeded Houston Astros will face the winner of the Rays-Blue Jays series in the best-of-5 ALDS, while the New York Yankees they will have the advantage of playing at home against the Guardians or the Mariners.

The only seed of the National League Los Angeles Dodgers they await the Mets or Padres in the next round, while the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves will face the Cardinals or Phillies.

A general view during ceremonies prior to the National League Wild Card game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City.

A general view during ceremonies prior to the National League Wild Card game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on October 5, 2016 in New York City.
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The Division Series is still best-of-five, while the Championship Series and World Series are still best-of-seven.

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