Major League Baseball is about to enter a later, longer playoff season. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the wildcard games.
MLB playoff primer: Things to know as postseason nears
Major League Baseball’s postseason has a little more heft this season.
The playoffs are rapidly approaching, with the final regular season games set for October 5.
The postseason begins two days later with a field of 12 teams – up from last year’s 10 – and includes a best-of-three format for the opening wildcard round.
An expanded postseason could lead to some spicy early postseason matchups.