2021 MLB playoffs: schedules, postseason groups, analysis and updates


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2021 MLB playoffs: schedules, postseason groups, analysis and updates

They finally made it to the 2021 MLB Playoffs.

After expanding to 16 teams in 2020, Major League Baseball reverts to its usual 10-team postseason format for 2021, beginning with the Boston Red Sox’s victory over the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday. The Red Sox will meet the Tampa Bay Rays in one of the ALDS, while the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros will meet in the other.

In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers knocked out the St. Louis Cardinals in the wild-card game. Now they will resume their rivalry with the San Francisco Giants, who had the best record in MLB, in one of the SDLN, while the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves will meet in the other division series.

From the first pitch of the wild card games to the last of the World Series, we’ve got you covered with the postseason group, schedules, results, and how to watch all of the postseason games this October.

Latest news and analysis

LA Division Series

Best of five games

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Series tied 0-0

  • Game 1: Red Sox at Rays, Thursday, Oct. 7 (MLB Network / FS1)

  • Game 2: Red Sox at Rays, Friday, Oct. 8 (MLB Network / FS1)

  • Game 3: Rays at Red Sox, Sunday, Oct. 10 (MLB Network / FS1)

  • Game 4 (if necessary): Rays at Red Sox, Monday, Oct. 11 (MLB Network / FS1)

  • Game 5 (if necessary): Red Sox at Rays, Wednesday, Oct. 13 (FS1)

Full coverage

• Boston includes JD Martinez on roster for SDLA

• Rays vs. Red Sox: history vs. reality

• Shane McClanahan and Shane Baz to start Rays’ first two games at SDLA


Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros

Series tied 0-0

  • Game 1: White Sox at Astros, Thursday, Oct. 7 (MLB Network / FS1)

  • Game 2: White Sox at Astros, Friday, Oct. 8 (MLB Network / FS1)

  • Game 3: Astros at White Sox, Sunday, Oct. 10 (MLB Network / FS1)

  • Game 4 (if necessary): Astros at White Sox, Monday, Oct. 11 (MLB Network / FS1)

  • Game 5 (if necessary): White Sox at Astros, Wednesday, Oct. 13 (MLB Network / FS1)

Full coverage

• Astros or White Sox? Our experts give their predictions (ESPN +)

• Odorizzi and Keuchel off Astros and ChiSox rosters

• Houston vs Chicago: The battle of the managers

• Chicago White Sox slugger José Abreu will travel to Houston, he does not have COVID-19

• Astros name Framber Valdez starter for Game 2

• Tony La Russa returns to playoffs, now as Chicago White Sox manager.

LN Divisional Series

Best of five games

Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Series tied 0-0

  • Game 1: Braves at Brewers, Friday, Oct. 8 (TBS)

  • Game 2: Braves at Brewers, Saturday, Oct. 9 (TBS)

  • Game 3: Brewers at Braves, Monday, Oct. 11 (TBS)

  • Game 4 (if necessary): Brewers at Braves, Tuesday, Oct. 12 (TBS)

  • Game 5 (if necessary): Braves at Brewers, Thursday, Oct. 14 (TBS)


San Francisco Giants vs. Los angeles dodgers

Series tied 0-0

  • Game 1: Dodgers at Giants, Friday, Oct. 8 (TBS)

  • Game 2: Dodgers at Giants, Saturday, Oct. 9 (TBS)

  • Game 3: Giants at Dodgers, Monday, Oct. 11 (TBS)

  • Game 4 (if necessary): Giants at Dodgers, Tuesday, Oct. 12 (TBS)

  • Game 5 (if necessary): Dodgers at Giants, Thursday, Oct. 14 (TBS)

Full coverage

• Giants designate Logan Webb and Kevin Gausman as starters for J1 and J2 at SDLN

• San Francisco Giants rest for a few days; Will he face the Dodgers in a division series?

American League Wild Card Game

All hours ET

Boston Red Sox beat New York Yankees

Full coverage

• Expert consultation: Pitching strategy and bad run, keys to Boston’s triumph
• Red Sox eliminate the Yankees and their ‘prize’ in Division Series will be the Rays
• What are our favorite Yankees-Red Sox memories?


Game Wild Cards National League

Los Angeles Dodgers beat St. Louis Cardinals

Full coverage

• Dodgers overcame nervousness and relied on their bullpen to beat Cardinals, Graterol acknowledges

• Dodgers lay down Cardinals and advance to Division Series against Giants

• Genesis Cabrera and Alex Reyes: the Dominican anchors of the Cardinals relay

• Adam Wainwright vs. Max Scherzer, two veterans collide in a National League wild-card duel

League Championship Series (best of seven)

SCLA
Game 1: Friday, October 15
Game 2: Saturday October 16
Game 3: Monday, October 18
Game 4: Tuesday, October 19
Game 5: Wednesday, October 20 *
Game 6: Friday, October 22 *
Game 7: Saturday, October 23 *

SCLN
Game 1: Saturday October 16
Game 2: Sunday October 17
Game 3: Tuesday, October 19
Game 4: Wednesday, October 20
Game 5: Thursday, October 21 *
Game 6: Saturday, October 23 *
Game 7: Sunday, October 24 *

World Series (best of seven)

Game 1: Tuesday, October 26
Game 2: Wednesday, October 27
Game 3: Friday, October 29
Game 4: Saturday October 30
Game 5: Sunday, October 31 *
Game 6: Tuesday, November 2 *
Game 7: Wednesday, November 3 *

* If necessary


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