One of the critical things that's going to affect aftermarket sales of ALDS tickets is how many people will suddenly find themselves with tickets they cannot use because they did not anticipate Major League Baseball screwing over Oakland. Fortunately, we can look to the past as our guide and determine that if the season ended today, Game 1 of the ALDS would be an early afternoon day game.
"Home Game 1" will be played on a date where both leagues are scheduled to play all their division series games. Home Game 1 could correspond to ALDS Game 1 (and would if the season ended today) played on Friday, October 4 or ALDS Game 3 played on Monday, October 7. These are tremendously inconvenient dates to televise four postseason games without conflicts, obviously.
Last year, with the 2-3 format, four game dates were scheduled for Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday games. Additionally, it was the first time that all four division series had gone five games. How did MLB schedule those games for television?
In chronological order, with the home team's time zone second.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
- 9:07am PT/12:07pm ET: Oakland at Detroit Game 2 on MLB Network (DET led 1-0)
- 3:07pm ET/2:07pm CT: Washington at Saint Louis Game 1 on TBS
- 6:15pm ET/6:15pm ET: New York at Baltimore Game 2 on TBS (NYY led 1-0)
- 9:37pm ET/6:37pm PT: Cincinnati at San Francisco Game 2 on TBS.
- 12:07pm CT/1:07pm ET: St. Louis at Washington Game 3 on MLB Network (Tied 1-1)
- 1:07 pm PT/4:07pm ET: San Francisco at Cincinnati Game 4 on TBS (CIN led 2-1)
- 7:37 pm ET/7:37pm ET: Baltimore at New York Game 3 on TBS (Tied 1-1)
- 9:37 pm ET/6:37pm PT: Detroit at Oakland Game 4 on TNT (DET led 2-1)
- 10:07am PT/1:07pm ET: San Francisco at Cincinnati Game 5 on TBS (Tied 2-2)
- 3:07pm CT/4:07pm ET: St. Louis at Washington Game 4 on TBS (STL led 2-1)
- 7:37pm ET/7:37pm ET: Baltimore at New York Game 4 on TBS (NYY led 2-1)
- 9:37pm ET/6:37pm PT: Detroit at Oakland Game 5 on TNT (Tied 2-2)
Anyway, let's look at the matchups for Friday, October 4 if the season ended today:
- TAM/TEX at BOS Game 1 (ET/CT at ET)
- DET at OAK Game 1 (ET at PT)
- PIT/CIN at ATL Game 2 (ET at ET)
- LAD at STL Game 2 (PT at CT)
- 12:05pm ET/12:05pm ET - PIT/CIN at ATL on MLB Network
- 3:05pm ET/12:05pm PT - DET at OAK on TBS
- 5:30pm CT/6:30pm ET - TEX/TAM at BOS on TBS
- 6:30pm PT/8:30 pm CT - LAD at STL on TBS (Game starts on TNT)
- 1:05pm ET/1:05pm ET - PIT/CIN at ATL on MLB Network
- 4:05pm ET/1:05pm PT - DET at OAK on TBS
- 6:35pm CT/7:35pm ET - TEX/TAM at BOS on TBS
- 5:35pm PT/7:35pm CT - LAD at STL on TNT