With the Oakland A’s accomplishing the previously unimaginable against the Texas Rangers yesterday afternoon, along with the Washington Nationals beating the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees getting one more win over the Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball’s 2012 post season schedule has been set.

After a day without baseball today, in which we’re allowed time to collectively examine our hollow and essentially meaningless lives, the Wild Card games are scheduled for Friday, October 5th:

  • 5:00 PM ET: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves.
  • 8:30 PM ET: Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers.

On Saturday, October 6th, the two division series that don’t involve the Wild Card game winners will start:

  • 6:00 PM ET: Oakland A’s vs. Detroit Tigers.
  • 9:30 PM ET: Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants.

Then, on Sunday, October 7th, our lives become completely immersed in baseball with four separate games on the schedule, the timing of which won’t be figured out until the Wild Card games have been decided:

  • New York Yankees vs. AL Wild Card Winner.
  • Oakland A’s vs. Detroit Tigers.
  • Washington Nationals vs. Wild Card Winner.
  • Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants.

Monday brings a travel day, as the one ALDS series moves from Detroit to Oakland, and the one NLDS moves from San Francisco to Cincinnati. The Yankees and Nationals will both play their Wild Card opponents on the road for the last time, before using Tuesday to travel to New York and Washington, respectively. Meanwhile, after Monday’s off-day, the other two series will pick right back up at the higher seed’s home ballpark.

The remainder of the necessary games of each division series will be played there, with one of the championship series scheduled to begin on Saturday, October 13th, and the other set to start on Sunday, October 14th. The first game of the World Series will go ahead on Wednesday, October 24th, with Game Seven, if necessary, scheduled for Thursday, November 1st.

It will be nice to see our friends again in November.