by Rowan Kavner
The Dodgers’ late August trip to Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, might have just been a taste of October for baseball’s top club.
Major League Baseball announced the schedule for the 2020 postseason, which includes playoff venues in Texas and California once the Division Series begins. If the Dodgers remain one of the top two teams in the National League and get out of the Wild Card series, the remainder of their games will be played at Globe Life Field, which is hosting this year’s World Series.
Dodger Stadium will be among the Division Series venues. The NLDS will be in Texas (Arlington and Houston) while the ALDS will be in California (San Diego and Los Angeles), providing neutral sites for all teams involved. Arlington will host the NL Championship Series, while San Diego will host the ALCS.
This year, 16 teams make the postseason. There will be eight teams per league, consisting of three division winners, three second-place teams and two Wild Card teams. All postseason teams will compete in a best-of-three Wild Card Series, with all games hosted at the ballpark of the higher seed.
If the playoffs started today, the Dodgers would be hosting the Giants in the Wild Card Series. If they got through, they’d face the winner of the Padres and Marlins in Arlington in the best-of-five NLDS.
The Wild Card Series begins Sept. 29 in the American League and Sept. 30 in the National League. All Wild Card games will be televised by ESPN and TBS.
The ALDS starts Oct. 5 on TBS, while the NLDS starts Oct. 6 on FS1 or MLB Network. The best-of-seven ALCS begins Oct. 11 in San Diego on TBS, while the NLCS begins Oct. 12 in Arlington on FOX or FS1.
The World Series on FOX starts Oct. 20. Game 7, if necessary, would be Oct. 28.
All games on FOX, TBS and MLB Network will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all postseason games.