MLB sets postseason schedule, Tigers prepare to put playoff tickets on sale

Not to presume anything or look too far ahead, but for planning purposes, below are the relevant dates for the MLB postseason schedule released today.

The Tigers announced earlier Thursday that they’ll put tickets for potential Wild Card and Division Series home games on sale next Wednesday at noon ET. If you’ve bought these in previous seasons, you know the drill. Tickets are available only online at, not by phone or at the box office. There’s a limit of 12 per customer, per game.

Unless something crazy happens, plan on the Tigers having the worse seed if they get to the Division Series, whether they win the AL Central or not. That means hosting Games 3-4 on Oct. 5-6. Game 3 could create another football-baseball doubleheader downtown, as the Lions are hosting the Bills at 1pm that day. Surprisingly, those ALDS matchups are the only postseason games scheduled on a Sunday until the World Series.

The good news for AL fans is that there shouldn’t be much searching up and down the TV listings to try to find which network has which game in a series. TBS has the entire AL postseason, from Wild Card game through the ALCS. The National League games are being distributed among ESPN (for the Wild Card game), FOX, Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network. FOX has just two postseason games before the World Series, carrying Games 1 and 6 of the NLCS.

Tuesday, Sept. 30: AL Wild Card game, televised on TBS (NL game is Oct. 1 on ESPN)

AL Division Series (all games on TBS)

  • Game 1: Thursday, Oct. 2 (better seed hosts)
  • Game 2: Friday, Oct. 3 (better seed hosts)
  • Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 5 (worse seed hosts)
  • Game 4: Monday, Oct. 6 (worse seed hosts)
  • Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 8 (better seed hosts)

AL Championship Series (all games on TBS)

  • Game 1: Friday, Oct. 10 (better seed hosts)
  • Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 11 (better seed hosts)
  • Game 3: Monday, Oct. 13 (worse seed hosts)
  • Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 14 (worse seed hosts)
  • Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 15 (worse seed hosts)
  • Game 6: Friday, Oct. 17 (better seed hosts)
  • Game 7: Saturday, Oct. 18 (better seed hosts)

World Series (all games on FOX)

  • Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 21 (AL hosts)
  • Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 22 (AL)
  • Game 3: Friday, Oct. 24 (NL)
  • Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 25 (NL)
  • Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 26 (NL)
  • Game 6: Tuesday, Oct. 28 (AL)
  • Game 7: Wednesday, Oct. 29 (AL)


Tigers 2 out back from the first

That HBP Stanton took may be the worst I’ve ever seen. Tony Conigliaro, maybe.
O’s Chris Davis suspended 25 games for amphetamines. Players used to eat those like candy; wonder if they still do? The problem is, they work.
Royals seem to have fallen apart since September began. It’s not easy that first time through it.

Sometimes, the use is valid . Tejada had to retire after being denied the renewal of an exemption and suspended . He has ADHD for real.
Neptali Perez was suspended while with The Tigers for using amphetamines, his numbers like those of Davis this year were not the best evidence of a real effect
Aaron recognized he used amphetamines once.

Re: Stanton. The manager of the Brewer had to take out the pitcher instead , he left him there to hit another batter. And the ump called strike both to add injury to the insult

to be specific this is what happened: “Mike Stanton at the plate, two on and two down fifth inning. Fiers hits Stanton flush on the left side of the face with a pitch and he goes down in a heap, bleeding profusely. After several minutes, he is taken off on a cart. Stanton also was deemed to have gone around with the bat while trying to avoid the pitch, so it’s a a strike not a HBP. Reed Johnson takes over at the plate and Fiers hits him on the hand but he also goes around with the bat and it is called strike three. The benches empty and former Brewer Casey McGehee goes nuts and gets ejected, as does Marlins manager Mike Redmond.”

“Still trying to comprehend how, thanks to 2 strike calls on HBPs, Giancarlo Stanton was ruled to have K’d AFTER leaving field on stretcher”
That was not a swing he was trying to avoid being hit on the face.
I still think, Stanton deserves the MVP, ARod won it with a last place team, but now, it would be seen as an act of pity.

And the intention of the pitcher does not matter. Once Galarraga went after a rookie who hit him and said. Im Ok when pitcher throw inside but if you can command the ball dont do that

But they are still in 1st. Tigers are fighting back, but treading water isn’t gong to cut it.

Rich: Chet Lemon was hit in the face by a pitcher named Farmer, a year or 2 before Chet came to the Tigers. I remember seeing a pic of him in the hospital, with very grotesque facial swelling. That could have been a career ender.
Some of us may remember that, when Chet faced Farmer for the first time after returning to action (he was a Tiger then), Chet charged the mound after the first pitch and landed a few punches before the 2 players were separated. That was a very surreal sight.
Does anyone else remember that series of events?
AA Mark

Seeing the same pitcher 2x in 10 days has to be a good thing for said offense….we lit him up then too. I think we light him up tonight, get into that pen and start this series off on the right foot. I’ll be watching the BOS game on local TV too.

If anyone looks at the video, they will see that neither hitter actually swung. They turned the wrong way, yes, but those weren’t swings. That rule needs to be changed anyway. If the pitch hits the guy, he takes his base.

It does not matter what you or I saw. The fact that the bat did cross the plate takes precedence. Therefore, it is a strike, which the umpire called correctly. Intent does not come into play on that. On Baseball Tonight Joey Cora commented that he thought Stanton was looking for an outside pitch and couldn’t turn to his right to avoid being hit in the face.
What would you say if he hit the ball into fair territory? What if it was a homerun? Would you still call it a HBP? Who would have run the bases? While this is a terrible way to discuss this type of issue, it is interesting what actions take precedence and how they have been ruled on by MLB.

I have a vague memory of the picture of Chet Lemon, but don’t recall the charging the pitcher business.

Just watched the video of Stanton. The ump said he struck at the ball? Unbelievable. The guy got hit in the face.

his check now says “Spaulding”, backwards.

“Sources confirm that #Orioles’ Davis has ADD/ADHD. Circumstances of why he stopped receiving Therapeutic Use Exemption still unclear.” Rosenthal

Showalter said everyone has a “yes” button and a “no” button on them and Chris didn’t use his “no” button that day Not an exact quote, but that was the gist.

Lineup vs. CLE: Kinsler 4, Hunter 9, Cabrera DH, V. Martinez 3, J. Martinez 7, Avila 2, Castellanos 5, Suarez 6, Davis 8. Price starting

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