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

Austin Riley walks it off for the Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS (0:51)

Austin Riley drives home Ozzie Albies in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves a win over the Dodgers. (0:51)

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 a Boston Red Sox victory over the New York Yankees in 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 rival San Francisco Giants, while the Atlanta Braves secured a second straight NLCS appearance by eliminating the Milwaukee 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

Series tied 1-1

  • Game 1: Astros 5, Red Sox 4

  • Game 2: Red Sox 9, Astros 5

  • Game 3: Astros at Red Sox, Monday, Oct. 18, 8:08 p.m. ET (FS1)

  • 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)

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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