- For the first time, the 2022 Wild Card teams will play a three-game series.
- Seed No. 3 will host Seed No. 6, and Seed No. 4 will host Seed No. 5.
- The Wild Card Series winners will advance to the Division Series.
The new collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the MLBPA expanded the postseason schedule to include 12 teams instead of the previous 10, and turned the one-off Wild Card game into a three-game series.
This means the baseball playoffs are bigger and more exciting, and regular-season division standings matter more than ever.
The regular season wrapped up on Oct. 5, 2022, and the Wild Card Series is scheduled for Oct. 7-9, 2022.
How Are Wild Card Teams Chosen and How Does it Work?
Under the new format, the two division-winning teams in each league with the best records advance to the postseason as the top two seeds, and receive a bye in the Wild Card Series. The third division-winning team of each league will move forward as the No. 3 seed.
After those teams have been seeded, the three teams in each league with the next highest regular-season records will advance as Wild Card teams. They will be assigned seed Nos. 4 to 6.
In the Wild Card Series, the No. 3 seed in each league will host their respective No. 6 seed in all games of a best-of-three series, and the No. 4 seed will host the same for the No. 5 seed. Since seeds No. 1 and No. 2 each get a bye from this round, they automatically progress to the Division Series.
AL Wild Card Teams
|Toronto Blue Jays||92-70|
|Tampa Bay Rays||86-76|
|Chicago White Sox||81-81|
|Boston Red Sox||78-84|
|Los Angeles Angels||73-89|
|Kansas City Royals||65-97|
With the Houston Astros (106-56), New York Yankees (99-63), and Cleveland Guardians (92-70) having won their respective divisions to advance to the postseason as division winners, the Blue Jays, Mariners, and Rays have won the three AL Wild Card spots.
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— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 10, 2022
NL Wild Card Teams
|New York Mets||101-61|
|San Diego Padres||89-73|
|San Francisco Giants||81-81|
The Los Angeles Dodgers (111-51), Atlanta Braves (101-61), and St. Louis Cardinals (93-69) have won their divisions, and the Mets, Padres, and Phillies have taken the NL Wild Card spots.
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— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 11, 2022
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