The 2016 MLB playoff bracket is available for you to use to help forecast who will make the Playoffs, and then once set follow the action. The 2016 MLB Playoff Wild Card games will be held on October 4th in a one game matchup between the two lowest seeded, non-divisional winners in each league. The Divisional series will then get started on October 5th for each league. The winners of the championship series for both the American and the National Leagues will face off in the 2016 World Series. If you would to check out your favorite teams’ regular season schedule on the run in to the playoffs, we have them posted here along with the 2016 World Series schedule.
Just Exactly how Many Teams Earn a Berth in the 2016 MLB Playoffs?
Over time, the total number of teams who earn a spot in the MLB playoffs has increased to include the two Wildcard teams in each league. This puts the total number of teams that earn a spot in the playoffs across both the American and National Leagues to a total of 10 teams.
What are the MLB Playoff Game Formats?
The opening round of the MLB playoffs is known as the Wildcard round. It consists of a single game, winner take all format. The Divisional Series in each league is played in a best of five game format. The first two are played at the home field of the higher seeded team, next two away, and the fifth game (if required) back at the home of the higher seeded team, or in other words an HHAAH format. The ALCS and NLCS are similar in nature, except they are a best of seven format played in the HHAAAHH format. The MLB World Series is also a best of seven matchup with the AL having the home field advantage this year due to winning the 2016 All Star Game.
2016 MLB Playoff Bracket
2016 MLB Playoff Schedule
|8:00 PM||ALWC||Orioles @ Blue Jays||TBS / SNET SNET/RDS|
|8:00 PM||NLWC||Giants @ Mets||ESPN SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALDS Gm 1||AL Wild Card @ Rangers||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALDS Gm 1||Red Sox @ Indians||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALDS Gm 2||AL Wild Card @ Rangers||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALDS Gm 2||Red Sox @ Indians||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLDS Gm 1||Dodgers @ Nationals||FS1/MLBN SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLDS Gm 1||NL Wild Card @ Cubs||FS1/ MLBN SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLDS Gm 2||Dodgers @ Nationals||FS1 /MLBN SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLDS Gm 2||NL Wild Card @ Cubs||FS1/ MLBN SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALDS Gm 3||Indians @ Red Sox||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALDS Gm 3||Rangers @ AL Wild Card||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLDS Gm 3||Cubs @ NL Wild Card||FS1/MLBN SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALDS Gm 4*||Indians @ Red Sox||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALDS Gm 4*||Rangers @ AL Wild Card||TBSSNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLDS Gm 3||Nationals @ Dodgers||FS1 / MLBN SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLDS Gm 4*||Cubs @ NL Wild Card||FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLDS Gm 4*||Nationals @ Dodgers||FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALDS Gm 5*||AL Wild Card @ Rangers||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALDS Gm 5*||Red Sox @ Indians||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLDS Gm 5*||Dodgers @ Nationals||FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLDS Gm 5*||NL Wild Card @ Cubs||FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALCS Gm 1||AL Lower Seed @ AL Higher Seed||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALCS Gm 2||AL Lower Seed @ AL Higher Seed||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLCS Gm 1||NL Lower Seed @ NL Higher Seed||FOX / FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLCS Gm 2||NL Lower Seed @ NL Higher Seed||FOX / FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALCS Gm 3||AL Higher Seed @ AL Lower Seed||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALCS Gm 4||AL Higher Seed @ AL Lower Seed||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLCS Gm 3||NL Higher Seed @ NL Lower Seed||FOX / FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALCS Gm 5*||AL Higher Seed @ AL Lower Seed||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLCS Gm 4||NL Higher Seed @ NL Lower Seed||FOX / FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLCS Gm 5*||NL Higher Seed @ NL Lower Seed||FOX / FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALCS Gm 6*||AL Lower Seed @ AL Higher Seed||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||ALCS Gm 7*||AL Lower Seed @ AL Higher Seed||TBS SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLCS Gm 6*||NL Lower Seed @ NL Higher Seed||FOX / FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||NLCS Gm 7*||NL Lower Seed @ NL Higher Seed||FOX / FS1 SNET/RDS|
|TBD||WS Gm 1||NL Champion @ AL Champion||FOX SNET/RDS|
|TBD||WS Gm 2||NL Champion @ AL Champion||FOX SNET/RDS|
|TBD||WS Gm 3||AL Champion @ NL Champion||FOX SNET/RDS|
|TBD||WS Gm 4||AL Champion @ NL Champion||FOX SNET/RDS|
|TBD||WS Gm 5*||AL Champion @ NL Champion||FOX SNET/RDS|
|TBD||WS Gm 6*||NL Champion @ AL Champion||FOX SNET/RDS|
|TBD||WS Gm 7*||NL Champion @ AL Champion||FOX SNET/RDS|
1 – All games telecast on MLB Network, TBS and FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider.
2- ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2016 MLB Postseason games
3 – * indicates the game will be played if necessary.
2016 MLB Playoff Bracket
The 2016 MLB Playoff bracket is available for you to download, share and print in PDF format. Once the final brackets are set, we will post the final MLB playoff bracket for you to use for free.
You can also download the print the complete 2016 MLB Playoff Bracket here (PDF Format), and below. Enjoy!