Is Wild Card 1 or 3 Games?

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By Monica Bates

If you’re a fan of baseball, then you must have heard of the term “wild card”. In fact, you might have even heard some people refer to it as a “one-and-done” game.

But the question remains – is wild card 1 or 3 games? Let’s dive into it.

What is Wild Card?

In baseball, a wild card is a team that qualifies for the postseason without winning their division. Instead, they earn their spot by having one of the best records in their league. The wild card was first introduced in 1994 and has since become an integral part of baseball playoffs.

Wild Card Format

The format for the wild card has changed over the years. From 1994 to 2011, there was only one wild card team in each league.

This meant that the two teams with the best records in each league (excluding division winners) would play against each other in a single-game elimination match, also known as the wild card game. This made it a one-and-done game format.

However, in 2012, MLB introduced a new format where there were two wild card teams per league. The two teams would play against each other in a single-game elimination match, just like before. But starting from 2013 onwards, this was changed to a three-game series.

The Current Wild Card Format

As mentioned earlier, starting from 2013 onwards, MLB changed the format so that the wild card game became a three-game series instead of being just one-and-done. The team with home-field advantage hosts all three games.

The first game is played on Tuesday and if necessary, Game 2 and Game 3 are played on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. If any of these games end up getting cancelled due to weather or any other reason, then they are made up on the next available day.

Conclusion

So to answer the question – is wild card 1 or 3 games? The answer is that it depends on the year.

From 1994 to 2011, it was a one-and-done game format with only one wild card team in each league. But from 2012 onwards, it was changed to a three-game series with two wild card teams per league. This means that currently, wild card is a three-game series.

No matter what the format is, the wild card game remains one of the most exciting events in baseball playoffs. It’s a chance for underdogs to prove themselves and for fans to witness some unforgettable moments.