Baseball's World Series to start October 23

The Major League Baseball 2018 World Series, which was won by the Houston Astros in 2017, will start in October in the home ballpark of the contender with the superior regular-season record

Major League Baseball is set to crown a World Series champion in October, according to the post-season schedule released by the commissioner's office on Thursday.

The best-of-seven championship series between the National and American League winners will start on October 23 in the home ballpark of the contender with the superior regular-season record.

A seventh game, if needed, would be played on October 31.

The World Series has ended in November in each of the past three years, concluding on November 1 last year when the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in game seven.

With the regular-season scheduled to end on Sunday, September 30, any needed tiebreaker games would be played on Monday, October 1.

The National League wild-card game will open the playoffs on October 2, with the American League wild-card game the following day.

Both National League Division Series will be scheduled to begin October 4, and the first full slate of Division Series games, featuring two American League games and two more National League contests, will be held on October 5.

The National League Championship Series will start on October 12 and the American League Championship Series will start on October 13.

The Major League Baseball 2018 World Series, which was won by the Houston Astros in 2017, will start in October in the home ballpark of the contender with the superior regular-season record