MLB playoff schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series


The MLB postseason is here.

The playoff field is set with several familiar faces that have reached the playoffs. Both the pennant winners from a year ago are back in the Rays and the 2020 World Series champion Dodgers, while the Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Yankees and White Sox make their return.

The format returns to single-game eliminations for the wild card matchups, with the winner moving to face the top seeds in each league in the best-of-five divisional rounds. The teams then move on to best-of-seven championship series before the best-of-seven World Series.

Here’s all you need to know to watch the 2021 MLB playoffs.

MORE: Watch the 2021 MLB playoffs live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

MLB playoff bracket 2021

MLB

National League

  • Giants/Dodgers (1) vs. Cardinals (4)
  • Brewers (2) vs. Braves (3)

American League

  • Rays (1) vs. Red Sox/Yankees (4)
  • Astros (2) vs. White Sox (3)

How to watch MLB playoff games

  • TV channel: ESPN, TBS, MLB Network, FS1, Fox
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet
  • Stream: ESPN app, TBS app, Fox Sports app, fuboTV (7-day free trial)

There will be five networks sharing the broadcasts of the MLB playoffs. The American League wild card game will be on ESPN, with the National League game on TBS. During the divisional series, MLB Network, TBS and FS1 will carry the different games. TBS will have all the NLCS games, while Fox and FS1 will have the ALCS.

For those who have cut the cord, the Fox, TBS and ESPN apps will allow for the streaming of their games. ESPN, Fox and MLB Network will be available to stream on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial .

MLB playoff schedule, results

National League

Wild-card game

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Wednesday, Oct. 6Cardinals at Dodgers8:10 p.m.TBS

Division Series

TBS will handle the broadcast for all NLDS games in both series.

DateGameStart time (ET)TV channelResult
Friday, Oct. 8Cardinals or Dodgers at Giants, Game 19:37 p.m.TBS
Friday, Oct. 8Braves at Brewers, Game 14:37 p.m.TBS
Saturday, Oct. 9Cardinals or Dodgers at Giants, Game 29:07 p.m.TBS
Saturday, Oct. 9Braves at Brewers, Game 25:07 p.m.TBS
Monday, Oct. 11Giants at Cardinals or Dodgers, Game 3TBDTBS
Monday, Oct. 11Brewers at Braves, Game 3TBDTBS
Tuesday, Oct. 12Giants at Cardinals or Dodgers, Game 4*TBDTBS
Tuesday, Oct. 12Brewers at Braves, Game 4*TBDTBS
Thursday, Oct. 14Cardinals or Dodgers at Giants, Game 5*TBDTBS
Thursday, Oct. 14Braves at Brewers, Game 5*TBDTBS

*If necessary

Championship Series

TBS will continue its National League playoff coverage with coverage of every NLCS game.

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Saturday, Oct. 16TBD at TBD, Game 1TBDTBS
Sunday, Oct. 17TBD at TBD, Game 2TBDTBS
Tuesday, Oct. 19TBD at TBD, Game 3TBDTBS
Wednesday, Oct. 20TBD at TBD, Game 4TBDTBS
Thursday, Oct. 21TBD at TBD, Game 5*TBDTBS
Saturday, Oct. 23TBD at TBD, Game 6*TBDTBS
Sunday, Oct. 24TBD at TBD, Game 7*TBDTBS

*If necessary

American League

Wild-card game

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Tuesday, Oct. 5Yankees at Red Sox8:08 p.m.ESPN

Division Series

MLB Network and FS1 will carry all the ALDS games, until potential Game 5s, which would be broadcast exclusively on FS1.

DateGameStart time (ET)TV channelResult
Thursday, Oct. 7Yankees or Red Sox at Rays, Game 18:07 p.m.MLB Network/FS1
Thursday, Oct. 7White Sox at Astros, Game 14:07 p.m.MLB Network/FS1
Friday, Oct. 8Yankees or Red Sox at Rays, Game 27:02 p.m.MLB Network/FS1
Friday, Oct. 8White Sox at Astros, Game 22:07 p.m.MLB Network/FS1
Sunday, Oct. 10Rays at Yankees or Red Sox, Game 34:07 p.m.MLB Network/FS1
Sunday, Oct. 10Astros at White Sox, Game 38:07 p.m.MLB Network/FS1
Monday, Oct. 11Rays at Yankees or Red Sox, Game 4*TBDMLB Network/FS1
Monday, Oct. 11Astros at White Sox, Game 4*TBDMLB Network/FS1
Wednesday, Oct. 13Yankees or Red Sox at Rays, Game 5*TBDFS1
Wednesday, Oct. 13White Sox at Astros, Game 5*TBDFS1

*If necessary

Championship Series

Fox and FS1 will split coverage of the ALCS.

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Friday, Oct. 15TBD at TBD, Game 1TBDFox
Saturday, Oct. 16TBD at TBD, Game 2TBDFox
Monday, Oct. 18TBD at TBD, Game 3TBDFox/FS1
Tuesday, Oct. 19TBD at TBD, Game 4TBDFS1
Wednesday, Oct. 20TBD at TBD, Game 5*TBDFS1
Friday, Oct. 22TBD at TBD, Game 6*TBDFS1
Saturday, Oct. 23TBD at TBD, Game 7*TBDFox/FS1

*If necessary

World Series schedule

Every World Series game will be on Fox.

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Tuesday, Oct. 26TBD at TBD, Game 1TBDFox
Wednesday, Oct. 27TBD at TBD, Game 2TBDFox
Friday, Oct. 29TBD at TBD, Game 3TBDFox
Saturday, Oct. 30TBD at TBD, Game 4TBDFox
Sunday, Oct. 31TBD at TBD, Game 5*TBDFox
Tuesday, Nov. 2TBD at TBD, Game 6*TBDFox
Wednesday, Nov. 3TBD at TBD, Game 7*TBDFox

*If necessary





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