MLB Playoff Game Pack Weekend Sports Schedule

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Veteran first baseman Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals will face the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of an NL wild-card series at 2:07 pm EDT on Friday on ABC. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | license photo

MIAMI, Oct. 7 (UPI) — The start of the 2022 MLB postseason is set, with a dozen games scheduled as part of the wild-card rounds. The NHL season opener will also top the list of weekend sporting events.

The final weekend of the MLS regular season, PGA Tour Series and LIV Golf tournaments and more than 100 NFL and college football games will also entertain sports fans Friday through Sunday .

Auto racing fans can also tune in for the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix and the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs on Sunday.

But early October means the postseason for America’s favorite pastime, as a dozen teams fill the MLB playoff bracket. The first pitch for the 2022 postseason is scheduled for 12:07 p.m. EDT on Friday, when the Cleveland Guardians host the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of an American League matchup.

“We’re excited to play,” Guardians manager Terry Francona told reporters Wednesday. “You know you’re going to play someone good, so go play and see what happens.”

The first Guardians-Rays game will air on ESPN. Additional postseason games will air on the same network, as well as on ABC, ESPN2, Fox, FS1, TBS and MLB.TV.

Each of the eight Wild Card teams will play in a series of best-of-three games, with the four winners advancing to the National League Division Series and the American League Division Series, which begin next week.

The respective American League and National League Championship Series will have a best-of-seven format and begin on October 18. The best-of-seven World Series is scheduled to begin Oct. 28 and could run through early November.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the favorites to claim the title. They won an MLB-best 111 games and are the top seed in the National League. The Houston Astros, who have won an AL-best 106 games, have the second-best odds to claim the Commissioner’s Trophy.

The defending champions Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and New York Mets are among the top 5 favorites to win the World Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals host the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 1 of an NL wild-card series at 2:07 pm EDT on Friday on ABC. The Seattle Mariners will face the Toronto Blue Jays at 4:07 pm on ESPN. The New York Mets will then host the San Diego Padres at 8:07 pm on ESPN in Friday’s cup.

Those series will continue on Saturday and Sunday in the same stadiums.

The Dodgers and Braves received first-round byes, as the top seeds in the National League. The Astros and the Yankees earned the right to sit in the first round of the American League circuit.

The Dodgers will battle either the Mets or the Padres in the NLDS. The Braves will face the Phillies or Cardinals in the second round. The Astros will face either the Mariners or the Blue Jays in the ALDS. The Yankees will face the Rays or Guardians in the second round.

Weekend schedule (all times EDT)

Friday

Golf

LIV Golf Bangkok: First round at 3am on DAZN, LIVGolf.com, YouTube and Facebook

PGA Tour: Shriners Open: Second Round from 5-8 p.m. on Golf Channel

MLB playoffs

Rays on Guardians at 12:07 pm on ESPN

Phillies at Cardinals at 2:07 p.m. on ABC

Mariners at Blue Jays at 4:07 p.m. on ESPN

Padres on Mets at 8:07 p.m. on ESPN

NHL

San Jose at Nashville at 2 p.m. on NHL Network

Buffalo at Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Toronto at Detroit at 7:30 p.m. on NHL Network

Seattle in Edmonton at 9 p.m. on ESPN+

Football

Women’s Friendly: USWNT vs. england at 3pm on fox

college football

Nebraska at Rutgers at 7 p.m. on FS1

Houston at Memphis at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2

Colorado State in Nevada at 10:30 p.m. on FS1

Saturday

Golf

LIV Golf Bangkok: Round Two at 3am on DAZN, LIVGolf.com, YouTube and Facebook

PGA Tour: Shriners Open: Round Three from 5-8 p.m. on Golf Channel

Football

Serie A: Inter Milan in Sassuolo at 9am on Paramount+

Premier League: Wolves at Chelsea at 10am at Peacock

Premier League: Southampton at Manchester City at 10am at Peacock

La Liga: Girona at Atlético at 10:15 a.m. on ESPN Deportes

Premier League: Spurs at Brighton at 12:30pm on NBC

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich at Borussia Dortmund at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN+

LaLiga: Real Madrid in Getafe at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN3

Ligue 1: PSG at the Stade de Reims at 3:00 p.m. on beIN Sports

college football

Michigan at Indiana at Noon on Fox

Tennessee at LSU at noon on ESPN

TCU in Kansas at noon on FS1

Arkansas in the state of Mississippi at noon on the SEC Network

Texas at Oklahoma at Noon on ABC

Missouri at Florida at noon on ESPNU

South Florida in Cincinnati at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+

Auburn in Georgia at 3:30 p.m. on CBS

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State at 3:30 p.m. on FS1

Utah at UCLA at 3:30 p.m. on Fox

Ohio State in Michigan State at 4 pm on ABC

Ole Miss at Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. on SEC Network

Washington in the state of Arizona at 4 p.m. on the Pac-12 network

North Carolina in Miami at 4 pm on ESPN2

Air Force in the state of Utah at 7 pm on FS1

Clemson at Boston College at 7:30 p.m. on ABC

Washington State at USC at 7:30 p.m. on Fox

South Carolina at Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. on the SEC Network

Army in Wake Forest at 7:30 pm on ESPN3

BYU at Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. on NBC

Kansas State at Iowa State at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU

Texas A&M in Alabama at 8 p.m. on CBS

Florida State on NC State at 8 p.m. on ACC Network

Oregon at Arizona at 9 p.m. on Pac-12 Network

Fresno State at Boise State at 9:45 p.m. on FS1

Oregon State at Stanford at 11 p.m. on ESPN

MLB playoffs

Rays on Guardians at 12:07 pm on ESPN2

Mariners at Blue Jays at 4:07 p.m. on ESPN

Padres on Mets at 7:37 p.m. on ESPN

Phillies at Cardinals at 8:37 p.m. on ESPN2

NHL

Nashville at San Jose at 2 p.m. on NHL Network

Anaheim in Los Angeles at 4 p.m. on ESPN+

Dallas at Minnesota at 6 p.m. on NHL Network

New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Detroit in Toronto at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

New Jersey in Boston at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Columbus in Washington at 7 p.m. on ESPN+

Arizona in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. on ESPN+

Sunday

Formula 1

Japanese Grand Prix at 00:55 on ESPN2

Golf

LIV Golf Bangkok: Final Round at 3am on DAZN, LIVGolf.com, YouTube and Facebook

PGA Tour: Shriners Open: Final Round 5-8 p.m. on Golf Channel

Football

Premier League: Liverpool at Arsenal at 11:30 am on USA Network

Premier League: Manchester United at Everton at 2pm on USA Network

MLS: NYCFC in Atlanta at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: New England in Chicago at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Cincinnati at DC United at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Montreal in Miami at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Charlotte at New York Red Bulls at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Columbus in Orlando at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Toronto in Philadelphia at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN+

LaLiga: Celta de Vigo in Barcelona at 3:00 p.m. on ESPN3

MLS: Colorado at Austin at 5 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Kansas City at Dallas at 5 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Nashville at LAFC at 5 p.m. on ESPN+

MLS: Vancouver in Minnesota at 5 pm on ESPN+

MLS: Portland at Real Salt Lake at 5 p.m. on ESPN2

MLS: San Jose in Seattle at 5 pm on ESPN+

NFL

Giants at Packers at 9:30 a.m. on NFL Network

Steelers on Bills at 1 p.m. on CBS

Chargers at Browns at 1 p.m. on CBS

Texans at Jaguars at 1 p.m. on CBS

Bears on Vikings at 1 p.m. on Fox

Lions vs. Patriots at 1 p.m. on Fox

Seahawks at Saints at 1 p.m. on Fox

Dolphins on Jets at 1 p.m. on CBS

Falcons on Buccaneers at 1 p.m. on Fox

Titans in Commanders at 1 pm on CBS

49ers on Panthers at 4:05 p.m. on CBS

Eagles vs. Cardinals at 4:25 p.m. on Fox

Cowboys at Rams at 4:25 p.m. on Fox

Bengals at Ravens at 8:20 p.m. on NBC

NASCAR

Cup Series Bank of America Roval 400 at 2 p.m. on NBC

MLB playoffs

Mariners at Blue Jays (if necessary) at 2:07 p.m. on ABC

Lightning on Guardians (if necessary) at 4:07 p.m. on ESPN

Padres on Mets (if necessary) at 7:37 p.m. on ESPN

Phillies at Cardinals (if necessary) at 8:38 p.m. on ESPN2

New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo singles against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on October 5, 2022. The Rangers won 4-2. Photo by Matt Pearce/UPI | license photo

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