2021 MLB playoffs: Schedules, postseason bracket, analysis and updates

The 2021 MLB playoffs are finally here.

After expanding to 16 teams in 2020, Major League Baseball returns to its familiar 10-team postseason format in 2021, starting with aBoston Red Soxvictory over theNew York Yankeesin the American League Wild Card Game. The Red Sox went on to shock the Tampa Bay Rays by defeating them 3-1 in one ALDS series, while the Houston Astros took care of business against the Chicago White Sox in the other. Houston then eliminated Boston in Game 6 of the ALCS, reaching the World Series for the third time in five years.


In the National League, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a walk-off win in their wild-card game against the St. Louis Cardinals. They then won an epic five-game NLDS against their rivalSan Francisco Giants, while the Atlanta Bravessecured a second straight NLCS appearance by eliminating theMilwaukee Brewers in four games.The Braves went on to upset the Dodgers in a six-game NLCS to end L.A.'s World Series title defense.

From the first pitch of the wild-card games to the last out of the World Series, we've got you covered with the postseason bracket, schedules, results and how to watch every postseason game this October.

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World Series


Best-of-seven series



Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves


Series tied 0-0


  • Game 1: Braves at Astros, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 8:09 p.m. ET (FOX)

  • Game 2: Braves at Astros, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 8:09 p.m. ET (FOX)

  • Game 3: Astros at Braves, Friday, Oct. 29, 8:09 p.m. ET (FOX)

  • Game 4: Astros at Braves, Saturday, Oct. 30, 8:09 p.m. ET (FOX)

  • Game 5 (if necessary): Astros at Braves, Sunday, Oct. 31, 8:15 p.m. ET (FOX)

  • Game 6 (if necessary): Braves at Astros, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 8:09 p.m. ET (FOX)

  • Game 7 (if necessary): Braves at Astros, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 8:09 p.m. ET (FOX)


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AL Championship Series


Best-of-seven series



Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros


Houston wins 4-2


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NL Championship Series


Best-of-seven series



Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers


Atlanta wins 4-2


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AL Division Series


Best-of-five series



Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays


Boston wins 3-1


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Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox


Houston wins 3-1



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NL Division Series



Best-of-five series



Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers


Atlanta wins 3-1


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San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers


Los Angeles wins 3-2



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American League Wild Card Game


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Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees



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National League Wild Card Game




Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals



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