The MLB playoff schedule 2010 was actually set yesterday. Although the schedule could have had two one-game playoffs proceed it, the Giants and Braves put an end to that madness at last. Therefore, the NL matchups are the same that everyone expected before the weekend, though it took longer to set them in stone. As for the American League, although no one seemed to want home field for some reason, the Rays finally backed into it. Therefore, the 2010 playoffs will start on Wednesday afternoon in Tampa Bay.
At 1:37 p.m. est on Wednesday, the Rays will host postseason baseball for the second time, and will have home field throughout the American League bracket. They will be welcomed by the Texas Rangers, as Cliff Lee returns to the postseason and Josh Hamilton makes his October debut.
At 5:07 p.m. est, the MLB playoff schedule will begin to go through Philadelphia. The Phillies have home field throughout the postseason, as well as the three hottest aces in the game. But now they actually have to take advantage, as Roy Halladay pitches his first playoff game against the Reds.
To close the first day of the schedule, the Yankees will actually go on the road to Minnesota at 8:37 p.m.. Despite having to start every series on the road this October, New York is likely the favorite until further notice. The Twins have not had good luck against the Yankees in recent years, but they hope home field will help change that.
On Thursday, Game 2 of both ALDS series will be held, then, at night, the last Game 1 will take place in San Francisco. The Braves and Giants had to clinch on the skin of their teeth yesterday, but they finally held off the Padres, and will now face each other as a reward.
The rest of the playoffs for the division round will stretch into Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the latest. The Phillies and Reds will face off on Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, next Monday and next Wednesday, if need be, while the Braves and Giants have the same schedule after Game 1. In the American League, both series will have games on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, if necessary.
TBS will have all the divisional round games and the ALCS, while FOX will start their coverage in the NLCS. Most expect the Phillies and Giants to meet there, while no one knows what to expect in the American League. For once, the playoff schedule is starting without a clear-cut favorite, since the Yankees have a share of question marks.
However, for the first time in several years, there will be no one-game showdowns before the divisional round starts. There could have been two if the Giants lost, but they restored order. Whether the playoffs will stay orderly is yet to be seen.
MLB.com- “2010 MLB Postseason Schedule”