Cardinals begin playoffs Wednesday; MLB releases postseason schedule

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals are officially back in the postseason with a victory on Sunday afternoon over the Milwaukee Brewers.

St. Louis will be the No. 4 seed and will face the No. 5 seed San Diego Padres in the first round. It's a best-of-three series with all games being played at the stadium of the higher seeded team.

Here is the full MLB postseason bracket:

Game 1 of the St. Louis vs San Diego series begins on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT. Games 2 and 3 will be on Thursday and Friday, but the times are to be determined.

The Padres finished second in the NL West Division, led by a couple of potential MVP-candidates in third baseman Manny Machado and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

This is the first year of a 16-team playoff schedule.

After the first round, it will begin the usual Division Series, followed by the league Championship Series, then World Series. All those games will be played in bubble cities – meaning all games will be played in two stadiums. Here are the bubble locations for the expanded playoffs:

NLDS: Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas and Minute Maid Park in Houston
ALDS: Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
NLCS: Globe Life Field
ALCS: Petco Park
World Series: Globe Life Field

Games are set to begin on Sept. 29, with eight playoff games happening on Sept. 30.

Here are some of the most important 2020 postseason dates to keep on your calendar:

Sept. 29: Wild Card Series begins
Sept. 30: Eight-game day with every Wild Card Series in action
Oct. 5: ALDS begins
Oct. 6: ALCS begins
Oct. 11: ALCS begins
Oct. 12: NLCS begins
Oct. 17: ALCS Game 7 (if necessary)
Oct. 18: NLCS Game 7 (if necessary)
Oct. 20: World Series begins
Oct. 28: World Series Game 7 (if necessary)