2021 MLB playoffs: Bracket, postseason baseball schedule with Astros vs. Braves in World Series


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The 2021 World Series has arrived. The Houston Astros will square off against the Atlanta Braves in the Fall Classic starting on Tuesday. Both the Astros and Braves won their LCS matchups in six games. The NL East champion Braves took out the defending champion Dodgers in the NLCS to capture their first NL pennant since 1999. The AL West champion Astros Astros took out the Red Sox in the ALCS and are playing in the World Series for the third time in five years. Game 1 is set for Tuesday night in Houston with a pitching matchup of Framber Valdez (Astros) vs. Charlie Morton (Braves).

The 2021 MLB 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. The Yankees and Cardinals bowed out in the Wild Card Games.

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, extending through the League Division and Championship Series, and concluding with the 2021 World Series.

2021 MLB playoff bracket

2021 MLB postseason schedule

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

League Championship Series (best-of-seven)

Fri., Oct. 15

ALCS Game 1

Astros vs. Red Sox

HOU 5, BOS 4

Fox

Sat., Oct. 16

ALCS Game 2

Astros vs. Red Sox

BOS 9, HOU 5

Fox and FS1

NLCS Game 1

Braves vs. Dodgers

ATL 3, LAD 2

TBS

Sun., Oct. 17

NLCS Game 2

Braves vs. Dodgers

ATL 5, LAD 4

TBS

Mon., Oct. 18

ALCS Game 3

Red Sox vs. Astros

BOS 12, HOU 3

FS1

Tues., Oct. 19

NLCS Game 3

Dodgers vs. Braves

LAD 6, ATL 5

TBS

ALCS Game 4

Red Sox vs. Astros

HOU 9, BOS 2

FS1

Weds., Oct. 20

ALCS Game 5

Red Sox vs. Astros

HOU 9, BOS 1

FS1

NLCS Game 4

Dodgers vs. Braves

ATL 9, LAD 2

TBS

Thurs., Oct. 21

NLCS Game 5

Dodgers vs. Braves

LAD 11, ATL 2

TBS

Fri., Oct. 22

ALCS Game 6

Astros vs. Red Sox

HOU 5, BOS 0

FS1

Sat., Oct. 23

NLCS Game 6 

Braves vs. Dodgers

ATL 4, LAD 2

TBS

World Series (best-of-seven)

Tues., Oct. 26

World Series Game 1

Astros vs. Braves

8:09 p.m.

Fox

Weds., Oct. 27

World Series Game 2

Astros vs. Braves

8:09 p.m.

Fox

Fri., Oct. 29

World Series Game 3

Braves vs. Astros

8:09 p.m.

Fox

Sat., Oct. 30

World Series Game 4

Braves vs. Astros

8:09 p.m.

Fox

Sun., Oct. 31

World Series Game 5 (if nec.)

Braves vs. Astros

8:15 p.m.

Fox

Tues., Nov. 2

World Series Game 6 (if nec.)

Astros vs. Braves

8:09 p.m.

Fox

Weds., Nov. 3

World Series Game 7 (if nec.)

Astros vs. Braves

8:09 p.m.

Fox

Completed rounds

Wild Card Games (single elimination)

DATE MATCHUP TIME (ET)/SCORE

Tues., Oct 5

Yankees at Red Sox (AL)

BOS 6, NYY 2

Weds., Oct 6

Cardinals at Dodgers (NL)

LAD 3, STL 1

League Division Series (best-of-five)

DATE SERIES/GAME MATCHUP/SCORE TIME (ET)/SCORE TV

Thurs., Oct. 7

ALDS Game 1

Astros vs. White Sox

HOU 6, CHW 1

FS1

ALDS Game 1

Red Sox vs. Rays

TB 5, BOS 0

FS1

Fri., Oct. 8

ALDS Game 2

Astros vs. White Sox

HOU 9, CHW 4

MLB Network

NLDS Game 1

Brewers vs. Braves

MIL 2, ATL 1

TBS

ALDS Game 2

Rays vs. Red Sox

BOS 14, TB 6

FS1

NLDS Game 1

Giants vs. Dodgers

SF 4, LAD 0

TBS

Sat., Oct. 9

NLDS Game 2

Brewers vs. Braves

ATL 3, MIL 0

TBS

NLDS Game 2

Giants vs. Brewers

LAD 9, SF 2

TBS

Sun., Oct. 10

ALDS Game 3

Red Sox vs. Rays

BOS 6, TB 4 (13)

MLB Network

ALDS Game 3

White Sox vs. Astros

CHW 12, HOU 6

FS1

Mon., Oct. 11

NLDS Game 3

Braves vs. Brewers

ATL 3, MIL 0

TBS

ALDS Game 4

Red Sox vs. Rays

BOS 6, TB 5

FS1

NLDS Game 3

Dodgers vs. Giants

SF 1, LAD 0

TBS

Tues., Oct. 12

ALDS Game 4

White Sox vs. Astros

HOU 10, CHW 1

FS1

NLDS Game 4

Braves vs. Brewers

ATL 6, MIL 5

TBS

NLDS Game 4 

Dodgers vs. Giants

LAD 7, SF 2

TBS

Thurs., Oct 14

NLDS Game 5 

Giants vs. Dodgers

LAD 2, SF 1

TBS

League Championship Series (best-of-seven)

DATE SERIES/GAME MATCHUP TIME (ET)/SCORE TV

Fri., Oct. 15

ALCS Game 1

Astros vs. Red Sox

HOU 5, BOS 4

Fox

Sat., Oct. 16

ALCS Game 2

Astros vs. Red Sox

BOS 9, HOU 5

Fox and FS1

NLCS Game 1

Braves vs. Dodgers

ATL 3, LAD 2

TBS

Sun., Oct. 17

NLCS Game 2

Braves vs. Dodgers

ATL 5, LAD 4

TBS

Mon., Oct. 18

ALCS Game 3

Red Sox vs. Astros

BOS 12, HOU 3

FS1

Tues., Oct. 19

NLCS Game 3

Dodgers vs. Braves

LAD 6, ATL 5

TBS

ALCS Game 4

Red Sox vs. Astros

HOU 9, BOS 2

FS1

Weds., Oct. 20

ALCS Game 5 

Red Sox vs. Astros

HOU 9, BOS 1

FS1

NLCS Game 4

Dodgers vs. Braves

ATL 9, LAD 2

TBS

Thurs., Oct. 21

NLCS Game 5

Dodgers vs. Braves

LAD 11, ATL 2

TBS

Fri., Oct. 22

ALCS Game 6

Astros vs. Red Sox

HOU 5, BOS 0

FS1

Sat., Oct. 23

NLCS Game 6

Braves vs. Dodgers

ATL 4, LAD 2

TBS

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