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

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

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 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 the division crown 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 tracked scores in the key games Sunday and provided updates from each of the matchups.

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MLB playoff bracket 2021

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

National League

Wild-card game

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

Division Series

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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Friday, Oct. 8Cardinals or Dodgers at Giants, Game 1TBDTBS
Friday, Oct. 8Braves at Brewers, Game 1TBDTBS
Saturday, Oct. 9Cardinals or Dodgers at Giants, Game 2TBDTBS
Saturday, Oct. 9Braves at Brewers, Game 2TBDTBS
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. ETESPN

Division Series

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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Thursday, Oct. 7Yankees or Red Sox at Rays, Game 1TBDMLB Network/FS1
Thursday, Oct. 7White Sox at Astros, Game 1TBDMLB Network/FS1
Friday, Oct. 8Yankees or Red Sox at Rays, Game 2TBDMLB Network/FS1
Friday, Oct. 8White Sox at Astros, Game 2TBDMLB Network/FS1
Sunday, Oct. 10Rays at Yankees or Red Sox, Game 3TBDMLB Network/FS1
Sunday, Oct. 10Astros at White Sox, Game 3TBDMLB 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 @ 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

Live MLB scores, updates from Game 162

Red Sox vs. Nationals

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

Rays vs. Yankees

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The Yankees clinch a wild-card spot with the win.

Angels vs. Mariners

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Orioles vs. Blue Jays

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Padres vs. Giants

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The Giants win the NL West and clinch the No. 1 seed in the National League.

Brewers vs. Dodgers

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