The Orioles got the short end of the stick when it came to the start times for their American League Division Series against the Tigers. The latest start time was still earlier than a typical game would start, and the O's were on tap for another possible 12:07 start time before they swept the series.
When it comes to the League Championship Series round, it's a different story. There are only two series left to play, so there's no more trying to run four games at once all through a day. MLB announced the start times for Games 1 and 2 of the series, and fortunately, there will be nothing crazy or out of the ordinary there.
ALCS Game 1 will get underway in Baltimore at 8:07pm on Friday. That's little surprise given that there is no NLCS game on that day, so the two teams get the prime time spot. The ALCS will also be broadcast on TBS. Maybe the Cal Ripken crew will wander in to the broadcast instead of the one that has been inflicted upon us thus far.
Game 2 will be on Saturday at 4:07pm. This is similar to what happened last year, when the series that played Game 1 had an 8:07 start time and then the second game played at 4:07 the next day.
No more game times have been announced, probably because MLB is waiting to find out in what time zones the NLCS will be played. If two California teams are in the NLCS, that probably means times on the earlier end for the Orioles series - nothing ridiculous like 12:07, but maybe along the lines of 5:37 start times. If it's played between the Nationals and the Cardinals, with one team in Eastern and one team in Central, just like the ALCS, then there might be more likely games that are closer to typical start times in the regular season.
While we don't know when exactly the remaining games of the series will be played, we do know where and on what day. Games 3, 4, and 5 run from Monday-Wednesday in Kansas City - if necessary for Game 5, of course - and if the series is still ongoing, it will return to Baltimore for Games 6 and 7 next Friday and Saturday.
Game 3 will be on the same day as NLCS Game 2. Game 5 will be on the same day as NLCS Game 4. Games 4 and 6 would have those days to themselves, while Game 7 would be on the same day as a potential NLCS Game 6. I'd guess that the days the AL have to themselves will have 8:07 start times, but we'll have to wait for MLB to announce the rest to see.
Time to make your plans! Got your tickets yet?