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MLB playoff schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

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The MLB postseason is here.

The playoff field is set with several familiar faces that have reached the playoffs. Both the pennant winners from a year ago are back in the Rays and the 2020 World Series champion Dodgers, while the Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Yankees and White Sox make their return.

MORE: Sporting News’ MLB postseason predictions

The format returns to single-game eliminations for the wild card matchups, with the winner moving to face the top seeds in each league in the best-of-five divisional rounds. The teams then move on to best-of-seven championship series before the best-of-seven World Series.

Here’s all you need to know to watch the 2021 MLB playoffs.

MORE: Watch the 2021 MLB playoffs live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

MLB playoff bracket 2021

MLB

National League

  • Giants(1) vs. Dodgers (4)
  • Brewers (2) vs. Braves (3)

American League

  • Rays (1) vs. Red Sox (4)
  • Astros (2) vs. White Sox (3)

How to watch MLB playoff games

  • TV channel: ESPN, TBS, MLB Network, FS1, Fox
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet
  • Stream: ESPN app, TBS app, Fox Sports app, fuboTV (7-day free trial)

There will be five networks sharing the broadcasts of the MLB playoffs. The American League wild card game will be on ESPN, with the National League game on TBS. During the divisional series, MLB Network, TBS and FS1 will carry the different games. TBS will have all the NLCS games, while Fox and FS1 will have the ALCS.

For those who have cut the cord, the Fox, TBS and ESPN apps will allow for the streaming of their games. ESPN, Fox and MLB Network will be available to stream on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial .

MLB playoff schedule, results

National League

Wild-card game

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Wed., Oct. 6 Cardinals at Dodgers 8:10 p.m. TBS 3-1, LAD

Division Series

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

Date Game Start time (ET) TV channel Result
Fri., Oct. 8 Dodgers at Giants, Game 1 9:37 p.m. TBS 4-0, SF
Fri., Oct. 8 Braves at Brewers, Game 1 4:37 p.m. TBS 2-1, MIL
Sat., Oct. 9 Dodgers at Giants, Game 2 9:07 p.m. TBS
Sat., Oct. 9 Braves at Brewers, Game 2 5:07 p.m. TBS
Mon., Oct. 11 Giants at Dodgers, Game 3 9:37 p.m. TBS
Mon., Oct. 11 Brewers at Braves, Game 3 1:07 p.m. TBS
Tue., Oct. 12 Giants at Dodgers, Game 4* 9:07 p.m. TBS
Tue., Oct. 12 Brewers at Braves, Game 4* 5:07 p.m. TBS
Thu., Oct. 14 Dodgers at Giants, Game 5* 9:07 p.m. TBS
Thu., Oct. 14 Braves at Brewers, Game 5* 5:07 p.m. 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
Sat., Oct. 16 TBD at TBD, Game 1 TBD TBS
Sun., Oct. 17 TBD at TBD, Game 2 TBD TBS
Tue., Oct. 19 TBD at TBD, Game 3 TBD TBS
Wed., Oct. 20 TBD at TBD, Game 4 TBD TBS
Thu., Oct. 21 TBD at TBD, Game 5* TBD TBS
Sat., Oct. 23 TBD at TBD, Game 6* TBD TBS
Sun., Oct. 24 TBD at TBD, Game 7* TBD TBS

* If necessary.

American League

Wild-card game

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Tue., Oct. 5 Yankees at Red Sox 8:08 p.m. ESPN 6-2, BOS

Division Series

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

Date Game Start time (ET) TV channel Result
Thu., Oct. 7 Red Sox at Rays, Game 1 8:07 p.m. FS1 5-0, TB
Thu., Oct. 7 White Sox at Astros, Game 1 4:07 p.m. FS1 6-1, HOU
Fri., Oct. 8 Red Sox at Rays, Game 2 7:02 p.m. FS1 14-6, BOS
Fri., Oct. 8 White Sox at Astros, Game 2 2:07 p.m. MLB Network 9-4, HOU
Sun., Oct. 10 Rays at Red Sox, Game 3 4:07 p.m. MLB Network
Sun., Oct. 10 Astros at White Sox, Game 3 8:07 p.m. FS1
Mon., Oct. 11 Rays at Red Sox, Game 4 7:07 p.m. FS1
Mon., Oct. 11 Astros at White Sox, Game 4* 3:37 p.m. FS1
Wed., Oct. 13 Red Sox at Rays, Game 5* 5:07 p.m. FS1
Wed., Oct. 13 White Sox at Astros, Game 5* 9:07 p.m. FS1

* If necessary.

Championship Series

Fox and FS1 will split coverage of the ALCS.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Fri., Oct. 15 TBD at TBD, Game 1 TBD Fox
Sat., Oct. 16 TBD at TBD, Game 2 TBD Fox
Mon., Oct. 18 TBD at TBD, Game 3 TBD Fox/FS1
Tue., Oct. 19 TBD at TBD, Game 4 TBD FS1
Wed., Oct. 20 TBD at TBD, Game 5* TBD FS1
Fri., Oct. 22 TBD at TBD, Game 6* TBD FS1
Sat., Oct. 23 TBD at 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
Tue., Oct. 26 TBD at TBD, Game 1 TBD Fox
Wed., Oct. 27 TBD at TBD, Game 2 TBD Fox
Fri., Oct. 29 TBD at TBD, Game 3 TBD Fox
Sat., Oct. 30 TBD at TBD, Game 4 TBD Fox
Sun., Oct. 31 TBD at TBD, Game 5* TBD Fox
Tue., Nov. 2 TBD at TBD, Game 6* TBD Fox
Wed., Nov. 3 TBD at TBD, Game 7* TBD Fox

* If necessary.


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3 Potential Russell Wilson replacements the Seahawks should target

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The Seattle Seahawks’ worst fears have been confirmed. Quarterback Russell Wilson had surgery on his finger following an injury he suffered against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday. Wilson is expected to be out for at least a month and possibly 6-to-8 weeks.

Should the team take a gamble on a new quarterback while Wilson is out, or would sticking with Geno Smith be the best option in the long haul?

If they go with the former, here are three possible replacements for Wilson:

Russell Wilson replacements: 3 Potential options

#1 – Cam Newton

The perks of being the best free-agent quarterback is that you will become an option for every team that needs one. Newton is healthy and had a great offseason with the New England Patriots. He’ll keep the Seahawks’ playoff chances alive until Wilson returns from injury.

The thought of Cam Newton to the @Seahawks? I don’t hate it ….

Wilson’s playstyle is unique and only a handful of quarterbacks in the NFL can replicate his impact on the field. But Newton has a strong arm and the ability to scramble and be productive rushing the ball. For a stopgap option, that’s as good as it can get.

#2 – Mitchell Trubisky

We know Trubisky isn’t good enough to be a franchise quarterback, but he is a fantastic option as a backup.

Trubisky is athletic, can make deep throws, and has enough experience to lead the team during the easier portion of the schedule. He would also come cheap, as he’s on a one-year deal worth only $2.5 million with the Buffalo Bills.

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#3 – Gardner Minshew

Minshew doesn’t have a solid arm to explore deep balls like Wilson, but his intelligence and decision-making are top-notch. If your backup can avoid turnovers, that’s a great way to keep your offense going.

Minshew was recently traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for only a sixth-round pick, so his price will be low. He’s still on his rookie contract, so the salary cap would easily accommodate him.

The Eagles seem to have found a solution to the quarterback position, with Jalen Hurts as the starter and Joe Flacco as the backup. Philadelphia could recoup a draft pick for Minshew and the Seahawks would have a decent replacement for Wilson.

Edited by Jay Lokegaonkar

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