A handful of Major League Baseball teams who’ve grown accustomed to starting their offseasons in October will have to change their plans this year. You won’t hear any complaining.
With the longest current playoff drought, the Toronto Blue Jays have their first trip to the postseason since they won consecutive World Series in 1992-93. The resurgent Houston Astros will reach the playoffs for the first time since losing the 2005 World Series. Avoiding the epic September collapses of 2007-08, the New York Mets will see their first playoff action since 2006. The painful rebuilding is reaping rewards as the Chicago Cubs won an NL a wild-card spot and their first playoff trip since 2008.
In the American League, the division winners are Toronto, the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. AL wild-card teams are the New York Yankees and Houston.
In the NL, the Mets captured the East, the St. Louis Cardinals cruised to a crown in the Central and the Los Angeles Dodgers barely broke a sweat in the West. The NL wild-card showdown has the Cubs visiting the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The postseason begins with the wild-card games Oct. 6 (ESPN) in the AL and Oct. 7 (TBS) in the NL. Division Series begin Oct. 8 with FOX, FOX Sports 1 and MLB Network airing the ALDS and TBS airing the NLDS. FOX and FOX Sports 1 air the AL Championship Series beginning Oct. 16, while TBS begins coverage of the NL Championship Series the following night. FOX again airs the World Series, which begins Oct. 27 at the home park of the AL champion and would end Nov. 4 if the series goes seven games.
MLB Baseball Playoffs 2015 TV Schedule At A Glance
Wild-Card Games, ESPN & TBS (Oct. 6-7)
AL Division Series, FOX, FOX Sports 1 & MLB Network (Beginning Oct. 8)
NL Division Series, TBS (Beginning Oct. 9)
AL Championship Series, FOX & FOX Sports 1 (Beginning Oct. 16)
NL Championship Series, TBS (Beginning Oct. 17)
World Series, FOX (Beginning Oct. 27)
MLB Baseball Playoffs 2015 TV Schedule
All Times Eastern. Schedule subject to change. * = if necessary
AL WILD CARD
Tuesday, Oct. 6: Astros 3, Yankees 0
NL WILD CARD
Wednesday, Oct. 7: Cubs 4, Pirates 0
2015 MLB League Division Series TV schedule
AL DIVISION SERIES
Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto wins series 3-2
Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals
Kansas City wins series 3-2.
NL DIVISION SERIES
New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Friday, Oct. 9: Game 1: Mets at Dodgers, 9:45pm ET (TBS)
Saturday, Oct. 10: Game 2: Mets at Dodgers, 9:07pm ET (TBS)
Monday, Oct. 12: Game 3: Dodgers at Mets, 8:37pm ET (TBS)
Tuesday, Oct. 13: Game 4*: Dodgers at Mets, 8:07pm ET (TBS)
Thursday, Oct. 15: Game 5*: Mets at Dodgers, 8:07pm ET (TBS)
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Wins Series 3-1.
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Oct. 16: AL Championship Series begins (FOX)
Oct. 17: NL Championship Series begins (TBS)
Tuesday, Oct. 27: World Series begins (FOX)