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Postseason’s New MLB Format Explained

For the first time in a non-epidemic season since 2012, Major League Baseball has a new post-season format. As October approaches, here’s a reminder of how this year’s playoffs look and move forward.

Each league will feature six playoffs – three division winners and three wild card teams – compared to five teams in previous years.

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The first and second winners of each league will receive fallout in the division series as the first and second seed. The remaining winner in each league will be seeded No. 3 and play the wild card team with the worst record (seeded No. 6) in a three-match series. The remaining wild card teams – ranked No. 4 and 5 in each league – will face each other in another series of first-round best-of-three combinations.

All first-round matches will be hosted by the highest-ranked teams (ie, seed 3 and 4).

After the inaugural series, the top seed in each league will face the winner of the series between seed 4 and 5, while the number two seed will face the winner of the series between seed 3 and 6. . There is no replanting of the partition chain.

The best-of-five split series still uses the 2-2-1 format, with the top seed getting the home field advantage. The World Series and Championships are still the best of the seven, with a 2-3-2 format.

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Previously, teams that competed for divisional titles or wild card points that finished with identical records have smashed their way into a one-match tiebreaker. As of this year, the tiebreaker has been eliminated in a single game so that the playoffs can begin immediately after the regular season ends and so that teams receiving first-round presentations do not have excessive breaks. Instead, relationships will be severed using a mathematical system.

Breaking the tie in order:

In the event of a tie between two teams, the winner of the season series wins a tie game. In the event of a tie between more than two teams, the team with the best combined winning percentage against the other teams wins the tie-break.

If two teams split the season series head-on, the team with the best record in their league wins the tiebreak, even if the two teams are not in the same division (in the event of a tie for a wild card spot).

If the first two bars to break the tie fail to resolve the deadlock, the team with the best record against teams inside the league but outside its league wins the tiebreak.

4. The last half of the league matches

If the showdown, division, and division record fails to break a tie, the team with the best record in the last game against teams within their league wins the tiebreak. This includes records over the latter half of the sports season, not after the All-Star end.

5. The last half of the domestic league matches plus one

If it comes to this tiebreak, the team with the best domestic league record during the latter half of the sports season as well as the final in the first half of the season is the winner. If this also results in a tie, the results of the previous first half matches within the league are used, and the process is repeated from there until the tie is broken.

AL/NL First Round Series (Best of the Three): October 7 – October. 9.

NLDS (best of five): 11, 12 and 14 October and the remaining matches from 15 to 16 October if necessary.

ALDS (best of five): 11, 13 and 15 October and the remaining matches from 16 to 17 October if necessary.

NLCS (best of seven): October 18, 19, 21 and 22, and the remaining matches from October 23 to 25 if necessary.

ALCS (best of seven): October 19, 20, 22 and 23 with the remaining matches from October 24 to 26 if required.

World Championship (best of seven): 28, 29, 31 October, 1 November, with matches remaining on 2, 4 and 5 November if required.


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