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2014 MLB Playoff Schedule, Matchups Set

September 29, 2014 by Amy


MLB Playoffs 2014

It has been 21 years since fans experienced an MLB postseason without the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees and another eight on top of that since the playoffs included an appearance by the American League Central’s Kansas City Royals. And that’s just a glimpse of what’s in store for the 2014 MLB playoffs, which will be without a repeat champion for the 14th straight year.

Prior to the start of the division series, four teams will once again compete in the sudden death Wild Card games with the Oakland A’s paired up with the Royals for a showdown at Kauffman Stadium on Sept. 30, followed by the San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates on Oct. 1 at PNC Park. The prevailing AL team will earn a date with the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS with Game 1 set for Oct. 2 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, while the winning NL squad will advance to the NLDS to take on the Washington Nationals beginning on Oct. 3 at Nationals Park.

Meanwhile, in the other divisional series matchups already set, the Baltimore Orioles will battle the Detroit Tigers with Game 1 scheduled for Oct. 2 at Camden Yards, and the host Los Angeles Dodgers will get things started against the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 3 at Dodger Stadium.

With the exception of the Royals, who are back for the first time since winning the 1985 World Series, all other MLB playoff teams participating this year have made at least one postseason appearance since 2009. After a five-year drought, the Angels snapped the streak with an AL West title, while division rival Oakland is making its third straight appearance, the Orioles are back for the second time in three years, and the Tigers are in for the fourth consecutive season.

Securing its second NL East title in three years, Washington will face the winner of the NL Wild Card game, which no matter what, will result in a never-been-seen playoff matchup for the franchise. San Francisco’s last two playoff appearances resulted in World Series titles and the club will surely be looking to accomplish the same result this time around, though Pittsburgh isn’t likely to make it easy on the Giants. After reaching the postseason last year for the first time since 1992, the Pirates will look to advance past the NLDS where they came up just short a year ago at the hands of the Cardinals. The Dodgers also will be seeking revenge against St. Louis, which defeated LA in the NLCS.

As a reminder, the American League will have home-field advantage for a second straight World Series thanks to a 5-3 win during the MLB All-Star Game this past July.

DATE 2014 MLB Playoff Schedule and Tickets  
Sept. 30, 2014
 
AL Wild Card Game: Oakland Athletics at Kansas City Royals
Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, MO
Tickets
Oct. 1, 2014
 
NL Wild Card Game: San Francisco Giants at Pittsburgh Pirates
PNC Park – Pittsburgh, PA
Tickets
Oct. 2-8, 2014
 
American League Division Series (ALDS)
 
Tickets
Oct. 3-9, 2014
 
National League Division Series (NLDS)
 
Tickets
Oct. 10-18, 2014
 
American League Championship Series (ALCS)
 
Tickets
Oct. 11-19, 2014
 
National League Championship Series (NLCS)
 
Tickets
Oct. 21-29, 2014
 
World Series 
 
Tickets

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