2022 MLB playoffs: New Format Explained

The new playoff format, which was worked out as part of the semi-new collective bargaining agreement, will be used for the first time this year.

The two division winners in each league who finished with the best record are given a bye into the first round of the playoffs.

This means that the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves will skip the National League's Wild Card Series and go straight to the best-of-five Division Series.

Both the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees have earned the same privilege in the American League.

Each league's last division winner automatically gets the No. 3 seed, which means they'll play the worst wild card team in the first round.

In the NL, this means that the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals will play the No. 6 seed Philadelphia Phillies in the Wild Card Series.

The best team from the wild card round, the New York Mets, will take on the second-best team from the fifth seed (the San Diego Padres).

Game 163 is no longer used as a tiebreaker in Major League Baseball due to the introduction of the Wild Card Series this season.

In the past, tied teams with identical records played an extra game to break the tie. This year, the tiebreaker is determined based on head-to-head record