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.

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.

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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AL Championship Series

Best-of-seven series

Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros

Boston leads 2-1

  • Game 1: Astros 5, Red Sox 4

  • Game 2: Red Sox 9, Astros 5

  • Game 3: Red Sox 12, Astros 3

  • Game 4: Astros at Red Sox, Tuesday, Oct. 19,8:08 p.m. ET (FS1)

  • Game 5: Astros at Red Sox, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 5:08 p.m. ET (FS1)

  • Game 6 (if necessary): Red Sox at Astros, Friday, Oct. 22,8:08 p.m. ET (FS1)

  • Game 7 (if necessary): Red Sox at Astros, Saturday, Oct. 23,8:08 p.m. ET (FOX)

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NL Championship Series

Best-of-seven series

Atlanta Braves vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Atlanta leads 2-0

  • Game 1: Braves 3, Dodgers 2

  • Game 2: Braves 5, Dodgers 4

  • Game 3: Braves at Dodgers, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5:08 p.m. ET (TBS)

  • Game 4: Braves at Dodgers, Wednesday, Oct. 20,8:08 p.m. ET (TBS)

  • Game 5 (if necessary): Braves at Dodgers, Thursday, Oct. 21,8:08 p.m. ET (TBS)

  • Game 6 (if necessary): Dodgers at Braves, Saturday, Oct. 23, 5:08 p.m. ET (TBS)

  • Game 7 (if necessary): Dodgers at Braves, Sunday, Oct. 24, 7:38 p.m. ET (TBS)

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AL Division Series

Best-of-five series

Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays

Boston wins 3-1

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Houston Astros defeat Chicago White Sox

Houston wins 3-1

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NL Division Series

Best-of-five series

Atlanta Braves defeat 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 defeat New York Yankees

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National League Wild Card Game

Los Angeles Dodgers defeat St. Louis Cardinals

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