Major League Baseball released the postseason schedule Wednesday, and it is as compact as ever. That could work to the Phillies' advantage. Fewer off days means it will be more difficult for teams to rely on only three starters throughout the postseason. And the Phillies rotation is as deep as they come.
The only off days during series are travel days. Three superfluous days off were eliminated in the newest schedule.
For the first time since 1915, the postseason begins on a Friday. The National League Division Series begins Saturday, Oct. 1, three days after the Phillies' regular-season finale in Atlanta. Game 1 of the World Series, held in the ballpark of the NL champion, is Oct. 19. Game 7, if necessary, is Oct. 27.
Presumably, the Phillies will hold home-field advantage for the entire postseason, barring a huge collapse in the season's final 45 games. Here's the full NL postseason schedule:
National League Division Series
Game 1 Saturday, October 1 TBS
Game 2 Sunday, October 2 TBS
Game 3 Tuesday, October 4 TBS
Game 4* Wednesday, October 5 TBS
Game 5* Friday, October 7 TBS
National League Championship Series
Game 1 Sunday, October 9 TBS
Game 2 Monday, October 10 TBS
Game 3 Wednesday, October 12 TBS
Game 4 Thursday, October 13 TBS
Game 5* Friday, October 14 TBS
Game 6* Sunday, October 16 TBS
Game 7* Monday, October 17 TBS
Game 1 Wednesday, October 19 AL Champion at NL Champion FOX
Game 2 Thursday, October 20 AL Champion at NL Champion FOX
Game 3 Saturday, October 22 NL Champion at AL Champion FOX
Game 4 Sunday, October 23 NL Champion at AL Champion FOX
Game 5* Monday, October 24 NL Champion at AL Champion FOX
Game 6* Wednesday, October 26 AL Champion at NL Champion FOX
Game 7* Thursday, October 27 AL Champion at NL Champion FOX
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