Postseason march to World Series starts Oct. 5



After a grueling 162 games and six months, Major League Baseball’s postseason is upon us.

The postseason began on Oct. 5 with the American League wild-card game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, followed by the National League wild-card game a day later between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

The World Series begins on Oct. 26 with a potential Game 7 scheduled for Nov. 3, its latest since 2009.

The ALDS starts Thursday, Oct. 7 followed by a quadruple-header Friday with the two NL series getting underway. The ALCS starts Oct. 15 while the NLCS begins a day later and can run as late as Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, respectively.

The team with the better record will have home-field advantage in the World Series, played in a 2-3-2 format.

* – if necessary

The Commissioner's Trophy, awarded to the World Series champion.

The Commissioner’s Trophy, awarded to the World Series champion.

AL Championship Series


  • Game 1: Astros 5, Red Sox 4

  • Game 2: Red Sox 9, Astros 5

  • Game 3: Astros at Red Sox, Monday (8:08 p.m., ET, FS1)

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

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

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

  • *Game 7: Red Sox at Astros, Saturday, Oct. 23 (8:08 p.m., ET, Fox & FS1)

NL Championship Series

  • Game 1: Braves 3, Dodgers 2

  • Game 2: Dodgers at Braves, Sunday (7:38 p.m., ET, TBS)

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

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

  • *Game 5: Braves at Dodgers, Thursday (8:08 p.m., ET, TBS)

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

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

World Series

Best-of-seven, Fox (hosted by team with better record)

  • Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 26

  • Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 27

  • Game 3: Friday, Oct. 29

  • Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 30

  • *Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 31

  • *Game 6: Tuesday, Nov. 2

  • *Game 7: Wednesday, Nov. 3

American League Division Series

Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox

National League Division Series

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves

Wild-card games

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB playoffs 2021 schedule: Full baseball postseason info


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