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The MLB Postseason Schedule Is... Confusing

You'll need a channel guide to follow the playoffs this year. Herein, you have one.

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While the Cubs sit home and watch the MLB playoffs on television for the sixth straight year, I know that many of us are also interested in watching postseason baseball.

Remember the days when all the postseason games were on one TV network, or two? Those days are long gone, and now, with major-league baseball having multiple national television partners, the games are spread out among three networks and as many as five different channels.

Before I post the rest of the schedule, the World Series, at least, will be easy to find. All the World Series games will be on Fox-TV, starting Tuesday, October 21 with Game 1. Game 2 is the next day; Thursday, October 23 is a travel day, then Games 3, 4 and 5 will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 24, 25 and 26. MLB cedes Monday, October 27 to the NFL for another travel day, and the if-necessary Games 6 and 7 would be on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28 and 29.

If you think that's late in the year, just wait until 2015, when Game 7 of the World Series will be played November 5. (Makes for a shorter off-season, anyway.)

Here's the rest of the postseason schedule, with TV channels for each game; games will be carried variously on TBS, ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network.

All tiebreaker games would be played Monday, September 29, all televised by ESPN.

A.L. Wild Card Game: Tuesday, September 30, TBS
N.L. Wild Card Game: Wednesday, October 1, ESPN

Here's the rest of the schedule in easy-to-read form. We'll have game threads for every playoff day and I'll post the TV info there, too.