The 2017 MLB postseason schedule was released on Tuesday. The playoffs will get underway on Tuesday, October 3 with the American League Wild Card Game, and could extend all the way to Wednesday November 1, which is when the seventh game of the World Series is scheduled.
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) August 8, 2017
One thing to note is that the American League contenders may not love that LCS schedule. Every World Series since 2010 has been won by the pennant winner that punched its ticked to the Fall Classic second.
There’s certainly no guarantee that the National League champ will be that team this year. But with the ALCS starting a day earlier and playing five games before the NLCS plays four, it’s likely.
With less than two months to go before the playoffs start, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are the clear favorites. But as dominant as those teams have been, it is worth noting that in the 21st Century, only one World Series (2013) has matched up the best regular season teams from each league.