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

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Wednesday, Oct. 6 Cardinals @ Dodgers 8:10 p.m. TBS

Division Series

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

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Friday, Oct. 8 TBD @ Giants, Game 1 TBD TBS
Friday, Oct. 8 Braves @ Brewers, Game 1 TBD TBS
Saturday, Oct. 9 TBD @ Giants, Game 2 TBD TBS
Saturday, Oct. 9 Braves @ Brewers, Game 2 TBD TBS
Monday, Oct. 11 Giants @ TBD, Game 3 TBD TBS
Monday, Oct. 11 Brewers @ Braves, Game 3 TBD TBS
Tuesday, Oct. 12 Giants @ TBD, Game 4* TBD TBS
Tuesday, Oct. 12 Brewers @ Braves, Game 4* TBD TBS
Thursday, Oct. 14 TBD @ Giants, Game 5* TBD TBS
Thursday, Oct. 14 Braves @ Brewers, Game 5* TBD TBS

*If necessary

Championship Series

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

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Saturday, Oct. 16 TBD @ TBD, Game 1 TBD TBS
Sunday, Oct. 17 TBD @ TBD, Game 2 TBD TBS
Tuesday, Oct. 19 TBD @ TBD, Game 3 TBD TBS
Wednesday, Oct. 20 TBD @ TBD, Game 4 TBD TBS
Thursday, Oct. 21 TBD @ TBD, Game 5* TBD TBS
Saturday, Oct. 23 TBD @ TBD, Game 6* TBD TBS
Sunday, Oct. 24 TBD @ TBD, Game 7* TBD TBS

*If necessary

American League

Wild card

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Tuesday, Oct. 5 Yankees @ Red Sox 8:08 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.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Thursday, Oct. 7 TBD @ Rays, Game 1 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Thursday, Oct. 7 White Sox @ Astros, Game 1 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Friday, Oct. 8 TBD @ Rays, Game 2 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Friday, Oct. 8 White Sox @ Astros, Game 2 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Sunday, Oct. 10 Rays @ TBD, Game 3 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Sunday, Oct. 10 Astros @ White Sox, Game 3 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Monday, Oct. 11 Rays @ TBD, Game 4* TBD MLB Network/FS1
Monday, Oct. 11 Astros @ White Sox, Game 4* TBD MLB Network/FS1
Wednesday, Oct. 13 TBD @ Rays, Game 5* TBD FS1
Wednesday, Oct. 13 White Sox @ Astros, Game 5* TBD FS1

*If necessary

Championship Series

FOX and FS1 will split coverage of the ALCS.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Friday, Oct. 15 TBD @ TBD, Game 1 TBD FOX
Saturday, Oct. 16 TBD @ TBD, Game 2 TBD FOX
Monday, Oct. 18 TBD @ TBD, Game 3 TBD FOX/FS1
Tuesday, Oct. 19 TBD @ TBD, Game 4 TBD FS1
Wednesday, Oct. 20 TBD @ TBD, Game 5* TBD FS1
Friday, Oct. 22 TBD @ TBD, Game 6* TBD FS1
Saturday, Oct. 23 TBD @ TBD, Game 7* TBD FOX/FS1

*If necessary

World Series schedule

Every World Series game will be on FOX.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Tuesday, Oct. 26 TBD @ TBD, Game 1 TBD FOX
Wednesday, Oct. 27 TBD @ TBD, Game 2 TBD FOX
Friday, Oct. 29 TBD @ TBD, Game 3 TBD FOX
Saturday, Oct. 30 TBD @ TBD, Game 4 TBD FOX
Sunday, Oct. 31 TBD @ TBD, Game 5* TBD FOX
Tuesday, Nov. 2 TBD @ TBD, Game 6* TBD FOX
Wednesday, Nov. 3 TBD @ TBD, Game 7* TBD FOX

*If necessary





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