Well, that didn’t go as expected.
The NL Wild Card Series featured two upsets, with the lower seed each winning on the road to advance in the 2022 MLB postseason.
First it was the Philadelphia Phillies, sweeping the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Then there were the San Diego Padres, who defeated the 101-win New York Mets in a three-game set at Citi Field.
Will the Phillies and Padres continue their playoff runs in the next round? Here’s the full schedule, watch info, format and odds for the National League Division Series (NLDS):
Who is playing in the NLDS?
The 2022 MLB postseason is taking on a familiar feel after the new-look Wild Card Series.
The Division Series consists of four teams – the two best division winners and the two winners from the Wild Card Series. And for the second time in three years, the NLDS matchups is pitting two division rivals against each other.
At the top of the league, the Los Angeles Dodgers (111-51) and Atlanta Braves (101-61) automatically advanced to the NLDS after posting the best regular-season records. As the last two NL pennant and World Series champions, the Dodgers (2020) and Braves (2021) are in familiar positions. They are facing off against their division rivals – the Padres and Phillies, respectively – who advanced after winning in the Wild Card Series.
Here are the NLDS teams and matchups:
No. 1 Dodgers (NL West champ) vs. No. 5 Padres (NL Wild Card No. 2)
No. 2 Braves (NL East champ) vs. No. 6 Phillies (NL Wild Card No. 3)
How many games are in the NLDS series?
There are no changes to the NLDS format under the new collective bargaining agreement signed in March. Each series will be a best-of-five format.
The higher seed will host Games 1 and 2 before the lower seed hosts Game 3. If necessary, the lower seed hosts Game 4 and the higher seed hosts Game 5.
When does the NLDS start?
The NLDS started on Tuesday, Oct. 11, with both series getting underway in Los Angeles and Atlanta.
What time are the NLDS games and what TV channel are they on?
All National League playoff games during the 2022 MLB postseason games will air on FOX and Fox Sports 1.
Here’s the full NLDS schedule this week:
Tuesday, Oct. 11 (Game 1)
Phillies at Braves: 1:07 pm. ET on FOX (Ranger Suarez vs. Max Fried)
Padres at Dodgers: 9:37 p.m. ET on FS1 (Mike Clevinger vs. Julio Urias)
Wednesday, Oct. 12 (Game 2)
Phillies at Braves: 4:35 pm. ET on FOX (Zack Wheeler vs. Kyle Wright)
Padres at Dodgers: 8:37 p.m. ET on FS1 (Yu Darvish vs. Clayton Kershaw)
Friday, Oct. 14 (Game 3)
Braves at Phillies: 4:37 p.m. ET on FS1 (Spencer Strider vs. Aaron Nola)
Dodgers at Padres: 8:37 p.m. ET on FS1 (Tony Gonsolin vs. Blake Snell)
Saturday, Oct. 15 (Game 4)
Braves at Phillies: 2:07 p.m. ET on FS1
Dodgers at Padres: 9:37 p.m. ET on FS1
Sunday, Oct. 16 (Game 5, if necessary)
Phillies at Braves: 4:37 p.m. ET on FOX
Padres at Dodgers: 9:07 p.m. ET on FS1
How to stream the NLDS
What are the Padres-Dodgers NLDS odds?
The No. 1 seed Dodgers are favored to win against their in-state rivals, according to our partner PointsBet.
Dodgers vs. Padres
- Dodgers, -175
- Padres, +150
What are the Phillies-Braves NLDS odds?
The defending World Series champs are favored to advance past the Wild Card Phillies, according to the sportsbook.
Braves vs. Phillies
- Braves, -150
- Phillies, +125
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