2021 MLB playoffs: Bracket, postseason baseball schedule as Red Sox eliminate Yankees in AL Wild Card Game


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The 2021 Major League Baseball postseason is here, and the action kicks off on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. This year’s playoffs mark a return to some sense of normalcy for the sport. Gone are the neutral sites, the fan-less games, and the 16-team format; the concepts of home-field advantage and sellouts are back, and so is the 10-team field. For a reminder on how the rounds typically work, here’s a quick refresher:

  • Wild Card Game: Winner advances
  • Division Series (two per league): Best-of-five series
  • Championship Series: Best-of-seven series
  • World Series: Best-of-seven series

The Yankees and Red Sox clinched the final two spots in the playoff field on Sunday, fending off the Blue Jays and Mariners and denying fans the chaos of a Game 163 tiebreaker on Monday. The Giants also clinched the NL West on the regular season’s final day, sending the Dodgers to the NL Wild Card Game in the process.

So what does the MLB playoff bracket look like? Below you’ll find the schedule and the results for all the rounds as they play out, beginning with the Wild Card Game, extending through the League Division and Championship Series, and concluding with — what else — the 2021 World Series.

2021 MLB playoff bracket


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2021 MLB postseason schedule

All games on the ESPN networks, Fox, FS1 and MLB Network can be streamed via fuboTV (Try for free).  

Former Marlins president David Samson discussed what to expect from the AL Wild Card Game matchup between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on the latest episode of Nothing Personal with David Samson. Listen below:

Wild Card Games (single elimination)

Tues., Oct 5

Yankees at Red Sox (AL)

BOS 6-2

ESPN

Weds., Oct 6

Cardinals at Dodgers (NL)

8:10 p.m.

TBS

League Division Series (best-of-five)

Thurs., Oct. 7

ALDS Game 1

Astros vs. White Sox

4:07 p.m.

FS1

ALDS Game 1

Red Sox vs. Rays

8:07 p.m.

FS1

Fri., Oct. 8

ALDS Game 2

Astros vs. White Sox

2:07 p.m.

MLB Network

NLDS Game 1

Brewers vs. Braves

4:37 p.m.

TBS

ALDS Game 2

Red Sox vs. Rays

7:02 p.m.

FS1

NLDS Game 1

Giants vs. TBD

9:37 p.m.

TBS

Sat., Oct. 9

NLDS Game 2

Brewers vs. Braves

5:07 p.m.

TBS

NLDS Game 2

Giants vs. TBD

9:07 p.m.

TBS

Sun., Oct. 10

ALDS Game 3

Rays vs. Red Sox

4:07 p.m.

MLB Network

ALDS Game 3

White Sox vs. Astros

8:07 p.m.

FS1

Mon., Oct. 11

ALDS Game 4 (if nec.)

Rays vs. Red Sox

TBA

FS1 or MLB Network

ALDS Game 4 (if nec.)

White Sox vs. Astros

TBA

FS1 or MLB Network

NLDS Game 3

Braves vs. Brewers

TBA

TBS

NLDS Game 3

TBD vs. Giants

TBA

TBS

Tues., Oct. 12

NLDS Game 4 (if nec.)

Braves vs. Brewers

TBA

TBS

NLDS Game 4 (if nec.)

TBD vs. Giants

TBA

TBS

Weds., Oct. 13

ALDS Game 5 (if nec.)

Astros vs. White Sox

TBA

FS1

ALDS Game 5 (if nec.)

Red Sox vs. Rays

TBA

FS1

Thurs., Oct 14

NLDS Game 5 (if nec.)

Brewers vs. Braves

TBA

TBS

NLDS Game 5 (if nec.)

Giants vs. TBD

TBA

TBS

League Championship Series (best-of-seven)

Fri., Oct. 15

ALCS Game 1

TBD

TBA

Fox

Sat., Oct. 16

ALCS Game 2

TBD

TBA

Fox or FS1

NLCS Game 1

TBD

TBA

TBS

Sun., Oct. 17

NLCS Game 2

TBD

TBA

TBS

Mon., Oct. 18

ALCS Game 3

TBD

TBA

FS1

Tues., Oct. 19

ALCS Game 4

TBD

TBA

FS1

NLCS Game 3

TBD

TBA

TBS

Weds., Oct. 20

ALCS Game 5 (if nec.)

TBD

TBA

FS1

NLCS Game 4

TBD

TBA

TBS

Thurs., Oct. 21

NLCS Game 5 (if nec.)

TBD

TBA

TBS

Fri., Oct. 22

ALCS Game 6 (if nec.)

TBD

TBA

TBS

Sat., Oct. 23

ALCS Game 7 (if nec.)

TBD

TBA

Fox or FS1

NLCS Game 6 (if nec.)

TBD

TBA

TBS

Sun., Oct. 24

NLCS Game 7 (if nec.)

TBD

TBA

TBS

World Series (best-of-seven)

Tues., Oct. 26

Game 1

TBD

TBA

Fox

Weds., Oct. 27

Game 2

TBD

TBA

Fox

Fri., Oct. 29

Game 3

TBD

TBA

Fox

Sat., Oct. 30

Game 4

TBD

TBA

Fox

Sun., Oct. 31

Game 5 (if nec.)

TBD

TBA

Fox

Tues., Nov. 2

Game 6 (if nec.)

TBD

TBA

Fox

Weds., Nov. 3

Game 7 (if nec.)

TBD

TBA

Fox

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The 2021 MLB Playoffs start Oct. 5 and 6 with the AL and NL Wild Card games. In celebration, 2021 MLB postseason gear is now available for select teams. Shop hoodies, shirts, and more here.

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