Except for travel days, there will be no off days in this year’s postseason schedule. MLB announced the postseason dates today, with the ALDSs beginning on Friday, Sept. 30, followed by the NLDSs on Saturday, Oct. 1.
In order to best separate the games for TV coverage, MLB had previously scheduled certain divisional series with extra off days. Now all four series are set to play their five scheduled games over seven days. That means that Oct. 1 and 4 are scheduled to feature four games apiece, though Oct. 4 would have fewer games if either ALDS ends in a sweep.
All Divisional Series games are scheduled to air on TBS.
The Championship Series games are scheduled to run from Oct. 8-17. The ALCS will air on FOX, while the NLCS will air on TBS.
The World Series will air on FOX and is scheduled to begin Oct. 19. If the series requires seven games, it will conclude on Oct. 27.
It will be the earliest conclusion to the World Series since at least 2008. Last year, World Series Game 1 was played on Oct. 27. The season ended with Game 5 on Nov. 1. In 2009, the season ended on Nov. 4.
CBS Los Angeles reports that Mike Trout was unhurt following a car crash that sent a woman to the hospital Wednesday night in Tustin, California.
Trout, who was given what was said to be a routine night off in the Angels’ home game against the Reds on Wednesday night, was driving and reportedly collided with two other cars while trying to stop for a crash in front of them. It was the original crash that led to the hospitalization of a woman. Trout’s portion of the accident apparently wasn’t quite as serious. He was pictured standing next to a first responder and looking at his phone following the accident.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.