We’re not getting ahead of ourselves with a bold Dodgers prediction. We’re just stating the facts after Major League Baseball announced its postseason schedule today.
The final regular season games are Sept. 29 and the first playoff game is the National League wild-card game two days later, on Oct. 1. Any necessary regular-season tiebreaker game would be played Sept. 30 (and broadcast by TBS).
Each National League Division Series will begin on Thursday, Oct. 3 and feature a 2-2-1 format (*if necessary):
Game 1 Oct. 3
Game 2 Oct. 4
Game 3 Oct. 6
Game 4 Oct. 7*
Game 5 Oct. 9*
TBS will air 18 of the potential 20 Division Series games, while MLB Network will exclusively telecast one game on Oct. 4 and another Oct. 7.
The NLCS will be broadcast exclusively on TBS and will begin on Friday, Oct. 11. The ALCS begins the following day on FOX. A potential Game 7 of the NLCS is scheduled for Oct. 19; the ALCS would end no later than Oct. 20:
Game 1 Oct. 11
Game 2 Oct. 12
Game 3 Oct. 14
Game 4 Oct. 15
Game 5 Oct. 16*
Game 6 Oct. 18*
Game 7 Oct. 19*
FOX will broadcast the World Series for the 16th time:
Game 1 Oct. 23
Game 2 Oct. 24
Game 3 Oct. 26
Game 4 Oct. 27
Game 5 Oct. 28*
Game 6 Oct. 30*
Game 7 Oct. 31*
If you’re pragmatic, mark your calendars.
If you’re superstitious, don’t.
A few bullet points for an Australian Flag Day:
• Jon Weisman breaks down some scenarios that explore who might be playing in the aforementioned games.
• If the Dodgers go 19-6 in September (like they did in August), they can set a record for the biggest turnaround in baseball history.
• There’s a new book out about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry.
• Does science have anything to say about the Dodgers’ streak? (Hint: No.)
• “Speaker for the Dead” is a new track released by Steven Padin, the drummer for the Reign of Kindo. It’s easy to get lost in: