After the 162-game baseball regular season, there is only one way to determine who will go on to win the World Series. That is through the elimination tournament that begins with the Wild Card games.
Wild Card Playoff Games
Thanks to a new format installed in 2012, the teams that play in the Wild Card game are the two in each league that have the highest win total of any non-division winners. That means that two teams from the American League will play each other and two teams from the National League will play each other in single-game playoff series. The winner of each of these games goes on to play in either the American League Division Series or the National League Division Series.
The Division Series features the three division winners from each league, as well as the two Wild Card winners. The teams are seeded by regular season win total, and the division winner with the most victories in a season faces the Wild Card winner. Then it is the second- and third-seeded teams that face one another. But unlike the Wild Card Game, the teams face one another in a five-game series. The team that is seeded higher hosts the first two games and then also plays at home in Game 5, if the series gets that far.
The Championship Series ultimately decides the two teams that will be playing for a World Series title. This matchup features the American League teams that won their respective Division Series and the National League team that won theirs. Unlike the Division Series, however, this round requires a best-of-seven series to determine who wins their league’s pennant.
What is a pennant? Which teams have won the most pennants?
A pennant is a flag that an MLB team earns for winning either the American League or National League championship. Considering the New York Yankees have won 26 World Series championships, it shouldn’t shock you to find out that New York has won the most American League pennants ever. The Yankees have won 40 pennants in their postseason history, and they can definitely add to that collection in the near future. In the National League, the San Francisco Giants are the team with the most pennants. They have won 23 of them, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are close with 22.
How to buy MLB Playoffs tickets
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- Browse the listings of MLB Playoffs games to find one you would like to attend. Once you find the perfect date and game, click on the green button on the right hand side of the screen to see all available tickets for that game.
- Next, explore all available tickets on the left hand side of the screen. Filters at the bottom of the page allow tickets to be sorted by price, or by SeatGeek’s Deal Score feature, which ranks tickets by value and tells you exactly how good of a deal you're looking at. On the right hand side, you can explore SeatGeek’s interactive stadium and arena maps to find the perfect seating section, and to get a preview of what a view from a seat in that section will look like.
- To purchase a ticket, click the ticket listing and you will be directed to SeatGeek’s checkout process to complete the information fields.
- SeatGeek will process your order and deliver your MLB Playoffs tickets.
When do MLB Playoffs tickets go on sale?
MLB Playoffs tickets typically go on sale in September or October.
How much do MLB Playoffs tickets cost?
MLB Playoffs tickets can range quite a bit in price depending on the day, game, and type of ticket purchased. Tickets for earlier rounds are generally cheaper than AL or NL Championship Series tickets. SeatGeek has the widest selection of tickets on the web, offering MLB Playoffs tickets for every fan at every price point. On average, MLB playoff tickets resell for $165.
Where does the MLB Playoffs take place?
The MLB playoffs take place at various stadiums around America depending on who makes the playoffs and seeding.
When do the MLB Playoffs start?
This year, the MLB Playoffs begin on October 2, 2018.