The MLB postseason is right around the corner. There are only five regular season days left and only the A.L. Wild Card race has yet to be decided. With the playoffs a week away, we look at the 2013 MLB Playoffs schedule with dates of the first ball games in October and predict the matchups expected to take place.
Date: October 1
Game: N.L. Wild Card
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The N.L. Wild Card, similar to the 2012 season, will be played first. However, this time around, the A.L. Wild Card will not be played on the same now.
Who is expected to play in the N.L. Wild Card Game?
The matchup has already been set. The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds will face off in the N.L. Wild Card Game. It will feature two teams that have split their season evenly. However, who plays at home will be decided in the games of the season as the Pirates and Reds face off over the weekend. It should be a great series as both teams will play very tense games that mean everything.
The Pirates and Reds have split the season series, 8-8, but only one team can finish on top when the regular season is over, while the other hopes to get revenge in the N.L. Wild Card Game.
A.L. Wild Card Game:
Date: October 2
There are still three teams alive in this race as the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians are at the top of the standings. However, the Texas Rangers are only a game back from the second spot in the Wild Card, giving the Indians a reason to play great baseball in the final games of the year.
Following the Wild Card games, the LDS will begin on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4. The National League will go first, followed by the American League the very next day.