Now that the ten post-season teams are named and slotted, it is time to look at the upcoming schedule as it affects and may affect the St. Louis Cardinals.
Obviously, winning Friday’s wild card game at Atlanta is mandatory to continue.
Because of the compressed schedule with the second wild card being added this year, the Division Series will be played in a one-time-only 2-3 format. The wild card team is the host for games one and two, with the best-record division-winner, Washington, at home for the final three (as needed).
Specific game times beyond Saturday have not yet been announced.
Note there are two off/travel/rainout days built into the Championship and World Series schedules as well as one day between the series. Further, the World Series home advantage will again be with the National League in 2012 due to their All-Star Game win.
NL Wild Card (NWC)
STL @ ATL
5:07 p.m. (ET)
NLDS Gm 1
WSH @ NWC
WSH @ NWC