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 the final 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 on Oct. 3 and provided updates from each of the matchups.

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MLB playoff bracket 2021


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

MLB playoff schedule, results

National League

Wild-card game

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Wed., Oct. 6Cardinals at Dodgers8:10 p.m.TBS3-1, LAD

Division Series

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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Fri., Oct. 8Dodgers at Giants, Game 19:37 p.m.TBS4-0, SF
Fri., Oct. 8Braves at Brewers, Game 14:37 p.m.TBS2-1, MIL
Sat., Oct. 9Dodgers at Giants, Game 29:07 p.m.TBS9-2, LAD
Sat., Oct. 9Braves at Brewers, Game 25:07 p.m.TBS3-0, ATL
Mon., Oct. 11Giants at Dodgers, Game 39:37 p.m.TBS1-0, SF
Mon., Oct. 11Brewers at Braves, Game 31:07 p.m.TBS3-0, ATL
Tue., Oct. 12Giants at Dodgers, Game 49:07 p.m.TBS7-2, LAD
Tue., Oct. 12Brewers at Braves, Game 45:15 p.m.TBS5-4, ATL
Thu., Oct. 14Dodgers at Giants, Game 5*9:07 p.m.TBS

* If necessary.

Championship Series

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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Sat., Oct. 16TBD at TBD, Game 1TBDTBS
Sun., Oct. 17TBD at TBD, Game 2TBDTBS
Tue., Oct. 19TBD at TBD, Game 3TBDTBS
Wed., Oct. 20TBD at TBD, Game 4TBDTBS
Thu., Oct. 21TBD at TBD, Game 5*TBDTBS
Sat., Oct. 23TBD at TBD, Game 6*TBDTBS
Sun., Oct. 24TBD at TBD, Game 7*TBDTBS

*If necessary

American League

Wild-card game

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Tue., Oct. 5Yankees at Red Sox8:08 p.m.ESPN6-2, BOS

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
Thu., Oct. 7Red Sox at Rays, Game 18:07 p.m.FS15-0, TB
Thu., Oct. 7White Sox at Astros, Game 14:07 p.m.FS16-1, HOU
Fri., Oct. 8Red Sox at Rays, Game 27:02 p.m.FS114-6, BOS
Fri., Oct. 8White Sox at Astros, Game 22:07 p.m.MLB Network9-4, HOU
Sun., Oct. 10Rays at Red Sox, Game 34:07 p.m.MLB Network6-4 (13), BOS
Sun., Oct. 10Astros at White Sox, Game 38:07 p.m.FS112-6, CHI
Mon., Oct. 11Rays at Red Sox, Game 47:07 p.m.FS16-5, BOS
Tue., Oct. 12Astros at White Sox, Game 42:07 p.m.FS110-1, HOU

* If necessary.

Championship Series

Fox and FS1 will split coverage of the ALCS.

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Fri,, Oct. 15Red Sox at Astros, Game 1TBDFox
Sat., Oct. 16Red Sox at Astros, Game 2TBDFox
Mon., Oct. 18Astros at Red Sox, Game 3TBDFox/FS1
Tue., Oct. 19Astros at Red Sox, Game 4TBDFS1
Wed., Oct. 20Astros at Red Sox, Game 5*TBDFS1
Fri., Oct. 22Red Sox at Astros, Game 6*TBDFS1
Sat., Oct. 23Red Sox at Astros, Game 7*TBDFox/FS1

* If necessary.

World Series schedule

Every World Series game will be on Fox.

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Tue., Oct. 26TBD at TBD, Game 1TBDFox
Wed., Oct. 27TBD at TBD, Game 2TBDFox
Fri., Oct. 29TBD at TBD, Game 3TBDFox
Sat., Oct. 30TBD at TBD, Game 4TBDFox
Sun., Oct. 31TBD at TBD, Game 5*TBDFox
Tue., Nov. 2TBD at TBD, Game 6*TBDFox
Wed., 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


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

Angels vs. Mariners


Orioles vs. Blue Jays

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Padres vs. Giants


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

Brewers vs. Dodgers


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