2022 MLB playoffs: Schedules, postseason bracket, analysis and updates

by Daryn Albert - All the latest information about the teams, storylines and highlights of the 2022 MLB postseason.

7:00 PM ET ESPN.com The 2022 MLB playoffs are finally here -- and that means the debut of the new postseason format. Major League Baseball premiers its 12-team format in 2022 that boasts an additional wild-card spot in both the American League and National League. The fun kicks off with jam-packed Friday that features eight teams competing in four wild-card games for the first time -- so it's sure to be a wild weekend to kick off the playoffs In the AL, the Tampa Bay Rays go to the Cleveland Guardians for the first playoff game of the year, while the Seattle Mariners travel to Toronto to play in the postseason for the first time in 21 years. The winner of Rays-Guardians will take on the New York Yankees in the ALDS and whoever comes out on top of Mariners-Blue Jays will play the No. 1 Houston Astros . Meanwhile, in the NL, the Philadelphia Phillies travel to the St. Louis Cardinals , with the victor set to battle it out in the NLDS with the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves . Finally, the New York Mets -- after being relegated to the wild-card round by the Braves, who came back from a 10 1/2 game deficit to win the NL East on Tuesday -- host the San Diego Padres in the final of the four wild-card games. The winner will face the No. 1 Los Angeles Dodgers . From the first pitch of the wild card games to the last out of the World Series, we've got you covered with the postseason bracket, schedules, results and how to watch every postseason game this October. ESPN Latest news and analysis Playoff tracker: The 12-team field is set American League Wild Card Games Best-of-three series All times Eastern Watch: MLB Wild Card Series Eight teams will take the field this weekend. Only four will make it to the division series. Watch every wild-card series matchup from Friday through Sunday on ESPN and ABC. Friday's schedule: TB-CLE: 12 p.m. ET on ESPN PHI-STL: 2 p.m. ET on ABC SEA-TOR: 4 p.m. ET on ESPN SD-NYM: 8 p.m. on ESPN Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Guardians Game 1: Friday at 12:07 p.m. (ESPN) Game 2: Saturday at 12:07 p.m. (ESPN2) Game 3*: Sunday at 4:07 p.m. (ESPN) *if necessary Seattle Mariners at Toronto Blue Jays Game 1: Friday at 4:07 p.m. (ESPN) Game 2: Saturday at 4:07 p.m. (ESPN) Game 3*: Sunday at 2:07 p.m. (ABC) *if necessary National League Wild Card Games Best-of-three series All times Eastern Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals Game 1: Friday at 2:07 p.m. (ABC) Game 2: Saturday at 8:37 p.m. (ESPN2) Game 3*: Sunday at 8:37 p.m. (ESPN2) *if necessary San Diego Padres at New York Mets Game 1: Friday at 8:07 p.m. (ESPN) Game 2: Saturday at 7:37 p.m. (ESPN) Game 3*: Sunday at 7:37 p.m. (ESPN) *if necessary American League Division Series Best-of-five series New York Yankees vs. Winner of Rays-Guardians Editor's Picks The road to 62: How Aaron Judge made home run history 22h David Schoenfield 2 Related Game 1: TBD At Yankees, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (TBS) Game 2: TBD at Yankees, Thursday, Oct. 13 (TBS) Game 3: Yankees at TBD, Saturday, Oct. 15 (TBS) Game 4*: Yankees at TBD, Sunday, Oct. 16 (TBS) Game 5*: TBD at Yankees, Monday, Oct. 17 (TBS) *if necessary Houston Astros vs. Winner of Mariners-Blue Jays Game 1: TBD at Astros, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (TBS) Game 2: TBD at Astros, Thursday, Oct. 13 (TBS) Game 3: Astros at TBD, Saturday, Oct. 15 (TBS) Game 4*: Yankees at TBD, Sunday, Oct. 16 (TBS) Game 5*: Astros at Yankees, Monday, Oct. 17 (TBS) *if necessary National League Division Series Best-of-five series Atlanta Braves vs. Winner of Phillies-Cardinals Game 1: TBD at Braves, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (FOX/FS1) Game 2: TBD at Braves, Wednesday, Oct. 12 (FOX/FS1) Game 3: Braves at TBD, Friday, Oct. 14 (FS1) Game 4*: Braves at TBD, Saturday, Oct. 15 (FS1) Game 5*: TBD at Braves, Sunday, Oct. 16 (FS1) *if necessary Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Winner of Padres-Mets Game 1: TBD at Dodgers, Tuesday, Oct. 11 (FOX/FS1) Game 2: TBD at Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 12 (FOX/FS1) Game 3: Dodgers at TBD, Friday, Oct. 14 (FS1) Game 4*: Dodgers at TBD, Saturday, Oct. 15 (FS1) Game 5*: TBD at Dodgers, Sunday, Oct. 16 (FS1) *if necessary American League Championship Series Best-of-seven series Game 1: Wednesday, Oct. 19 (TBS) Game 2: Thursday, Oct. 20 (TBS) Game 3: Saturday Oct. 22 (TBS) Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 23 (TBS) Game 5*: Monday, Oct. 24 (TBS) Game 6*: Tuesday, Oct. 25 (TBS) Game 7*: Wednesday Oct. 26 (TBS) *if necessary National League Championship Series Best-of-seven series Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 18 (FOX/FS1) Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 19 (FOX/FS1) Game 3: Friday, Oct. 21 (FS1) Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 22 (FOX/FS1) Game 5*: Sunday, Oct. 23 (FS1) Game 6*: Monday, Oct. 24 (FS1) Game 7*: Tuesday, Oct. 25 (FOX/FS1) *if necessary World Series Best-of-seven series Game 1: Friday, Oct. 28 (FOX) Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 29 (FOX) Game 3: Monday, Oct. 31 (FOX) Game 4: Tuesday, Nov. 1 (FOX) Game 5*: Wednesday, Nov. 2 (FOX) Game 6*: Friday, Nov. 4 (FOX) Game 7*: Saturday, Nov. 5 (FOX) *if necessary