2016 MLB Playoff Schedule Format

A common question asked during this time of year by baseball fans is what the 2016 MLB playoff schedule format is going to be? For the 2016 MLB playoffs, the overall schedule and format will be very similar to 2015. The playoffs will get started on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 with the MLB Wild Card Games for both the National and American Leagues. The winning team of each Wild Card game will then advance to take on a team in the playoffs. The final two teams remaining in each league will then square off in the championship series with the winning team from each league earning a coveted spot in the 2016 MLB World Series schedule. The World Series is currently scheduled to get started on Tuesday, October 27th, 2016, and you can download a printable MLB Playoff Bracket to help follow the action.

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The current playoff schedule format for MLB sees a total of 10 teams earn playoff berths. There are two Wildcard teams in each league (American and National), and three divisional champions. The Wildcard teams faceoff in a single game, winner take all matchup, before the divisional series that consists of multiple games between the two teams facing off against each other.

What is the 2016 MLB Playoff Schedule Format?

After the Wildcard games are complete, the opening round of the Divisional Series consists of five total games. The higher seed of the two teams enjoys home field advantage. For the divisional series, the games are played in HHAAH order (H= home, A=away). The championship series format for each league then expands to see seven total games played in the following format: HHAAAHH. The MLB World Series sees a similar format: HHAAAHH with the American League enjoying home field advantage this season with the league winning the MLB All-star game this year.

2016 MLB Playoff Schedule Format

Wildcard Round Schedule

American League
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Team 1 vs Team 2. Dates and TV Schedule TBD.
National League
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Team 1 vs Team 2. Dates and TV Schedule TBD.

2016 MLB Divisional Round Schedule

Best 3 out of 5 : HHAAH
Start Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
American League
Wildcard Leader vs AL #1 Seed
Times and Dates of the five games TBD
AL Seed #2 vs AL Seed #3
Times and Dates of the five games TBD
National League
Start Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2016
Wildcard Leader vs NL #1 Seed
Times and Dates of the five games TBD
NL Seed #2 vs NL Seed #3

2016 MLB League Championship Round

Best 4 out of 7 : HHAAAHH

American League
Winner of Divisional Series 1 vs Winner of Divisional Series 2
National League
Winner of Divisional Series 1 vs Winner of Divisional Series 2

2016 MLB Word Series Schedule Format

Best 4 out of 7 : HHAAAHH with AL having home field advantage
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
American League Champion vs National League Champion
Times and Dates TBA