MLB Playoff Format 2013: Highlighting Key Postseason Dates

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2013

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 19:  (L-R) Tim Federowicz #18, Clayton Kershaw #22, J.P. Howell #56, Scott Van Slyke #33 and Mark Ellis #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate with teammates after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 to clinch the National League West title and a postseason berth at Chase Field on September 19, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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October has arrived and with it the 2013 MLB postseason, which will feature 10 teams vying for one championship.

The action will begin on Tuesday and Wednesday with the National League and American League Wild Card Games in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The Pirates will host the division-rival Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park on Tuesday to kick things off.

One night later, the Rays and Indians will go head-to-head in an effort to stay alive and reach the best-of-five league divisional series. 

With the playoffs set to get underway, let's take a closer look at the key dates to remember.

*Dates and scheduling information according to's Mark Newman

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When: Tuesday, October 1 through Thursday, October 31*

Watch: FOX, TBS, MLB Network, 


*if necessary


Oct. 3 - Oct. 10: Divisional Series

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Following the two Wild Card clashes on Tuesday and Wednesday, the remaining eight teams will matchup in the best-of-five divisional series, beginning on Thursday with the two National League series. 

The Los Angeles Dodgers will take on the Atlanta Braves in one of the NL series while the St. Louis Cardinals will play the winner of Cincinnati-Pittsburgh in the other. After back-to-back games on Thursday and Friday, those two series will take off for travel on Saturday before returning in a new town on Sunday. If necessary, both NLDS Game 5s will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

In the American League, the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics will face off for the second straight year in the divisional round while the Boston Red Sox will battle the winner of Wednesday's Wild Card showdown between Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

Both ALDS series will begin on Friday night and run no later than Thursday, Oct. 10.


Oct. 11 - Oct. 20: Championship Series

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Game 1 of the National League Championship Series is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11. The American League series will start one day later on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Just like the four divisional series, both championship series will allow a day off for travel from city to city. But they will run no later than Oct. 20. A potential Game 7 in the NL is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, while the AL action would wrap a day later on Sunday, Oct. 20 at the very latest. 


Oct. 23 - Oct. 31: World Series

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The 2013 World Series is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the ballpark of the American League champions since the AL won the All-Star Game this past summer. 

The best-of-seven series will continue throughout the week, heading to the home of the National League champions on Saturday, Oct. 26. If necessary, three consecutive games will be played there before the series shifts back to the AL champs' venue for Games 6 and 7. 

If a Game 7 is necessary, the World Series would conclude on Halloween night, the final day of the month.

Now that all that is sorted out, all that's left to do is tune in and see how it unfolds.


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