MLB playoff bracket 2021: Full schedule, TV channels, scores for AL and NL games

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There have been some seasons where the playoff picture is set well before Game 162. The final day of the season is often just a chance to rest some key pitchers and players ahead of the postseason. That was not the case in 2021.

Neither the AL wild card nor the NL West division races were concluced until Sunday, when the Red Sox and Yankees won to clinch the two spots in the American League, while the Giants won to earn the top seed and division crown in the NL West over the Dodgers.

The Blue Jays and Dodgers both won on Sunday as well, meaning that the Red Sox, Yankees and Giants needed to win to maintain their positions heading into the playoffs.

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Sporting News will be tracking scores in the key games on Sunday and providing updates from each of the matchups.

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MLB playoff bracket 2021

MLB

Here’s a complete look at the 2021 MLB playoff bracket.

National League

Wild card

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

Live MLB scores, updates from Game 162

Red Sox vs. Nationals

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Red Sox 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 2 7 13 0
Nationals 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 7 1

The Red Sox clinch the top wild card spot, and will host the Yankees on Tuesday.

Rays vs. Yankees

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0

The Yankees clinch a wild card spot with the win.

Angels vs. Mariners

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Angels 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 7 10 0
Mariners 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 2

Orioles vs. Blue Jays

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Orioles 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 4 13 0
Blue Jays 3 2 4 2 1 0 0 0 X 12 12 1

Padres vs. Giants

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Padres 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 7 0
Giants 0 0 2 5 2 0 2 0 X 11 10 0

The Giants have won the NL West and clinched the No. 1 seed in the National League.

Brewers vs. Dodgers

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brewers 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 7 0
Dodgers 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 3 X 10 10 1

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