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MLB playoff schedule 2020: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

By | October 6, 2020

A chaotic season is deserving of an equally chaotic end.

The 2020 MLB playoffs are here, with the World Series heading to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. But before two teams vie for a world championship, 16 will take the field in an expanded playoff picture that kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

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In a normal year, only 10 teams would enter in their chance to win the commissioner’s trophy, but the Players’ Association and the league agreed to expand the playoff picture on Opening Day, putting another six teams on the field come Tuesday. And to add another few wrinkles to the situation, most of the playoffs will be played in four separate bubbles in Texas and California stadiums, while there will be no off days during each series this October.

The 2020 MLB playoffs kick off with eight best-of-three series in the newly christened Wild Card Series. The opening round gives way to the Division Series, leading to the Championship Series, eventually culminating in the 2020 World Series, to be played at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2020 MLB playoffs:

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MLB playoff bracket 2020

(Credit: SN Graphics)

National League

  • Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8)
  • Braves (2) vs. Reds (7)
  • Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6)
  • Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5)

American League

  • Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8)
  • Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7)
  • Twins (3) vs. Astros (6)
  • Cleveland (4) vs. Yankees (5)

How to watch MLB playoff games

  • TV channel: ESPN, TBS, Fox, FS1, MLB Network
  • TV channel (Canada): Sportsnet
  • Stream: ESPN app, Fox Sports app, fuboTV
  • Live scores: SN’s live scoreboard

Five networks will be splitting broadcasting duties throughout the 2020 playoffs: ESPN and TBS will split the Wild Card Series, MLB Network, TBS and FS1 will share the Division Series, Fox/FS1 will get the NLCS while TBS gets the ALCS, with the World Series airing on Fox, per usual.

With a cable provider, you will be able to stream games using ESPN, TBS and Fox apps. The ESPN and Fox Networks, along with MLB Network, are also available to stream on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

MLB playoff schedule, results

National League

Wild Card Series

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8) 10 p.m. ET ESPN 4-2 Dodgers (LAD lead 1-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Braves (2) vs. Reds (7) 12 p.m. ET ESPN 1-0 Braves (ATL leads 1-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6) 2 p.m. ET ABC 5-1 Marlins (MIA leads 1-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5) 5 p.m. ET ESPN2 7-4 Cardinals (STL leads 1-0)
Thursday, Oct. 1 Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8) 10:09 p.m. ET ESPN 3-0 Dodgers (LAD win 2-0)
Thursday, Oct. 1 Braves (2) vs. Reds (7) 3:03 p.m. ET ESPN 5-0 Braves (ATL wins 2-0)
Thursday, Oct. 1 Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6) Postponed ESPN Game 2 postponed to 10/2
Thursday, Oct. 1 Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5) 7:08 p.m. ESPN 11-9 Padres (Series tied 1-1)
Friday, Oct. 2 Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6) 2:08 p.m. ABC 2-0 Marlins (MIA wins 2-0)
Friday, Oct. 2 Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5) 7:08 p.m. ESPN 4-0 Padres (SD wins 2-1)

National League

National League Division Series

All times are Eastern, and are subject to change given results of other series:

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Padres vs. Dodgers, Game 1 9:38 p.m. FS1 TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Marlins vs. Braves, Game 1 2:08 p.m. FS1 TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7 Padres vs. Dodgers, Game 2 9:08 p.m. FS1 TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7 Marlins vs. Braves, Game 2 2:08 p.m. MLB Network TBD
Thursday, Oct. 8 Dodgers vs. Padres, Game 3 9:08 p.m. MLB Network TBD
Thursday, Oct. 8 Braves vs. Marlins, Game 3 2:08 p.m. FS1 TBD
Friday, Oct. 9 Dodgers vs. Padres, Game 4* 9:08 p.m. FS1 TBD
Friday, Oct. 9 Braves vs. Marlins, Game 4* 2:08 p.m. FS1 TBD
Saturday, Oct. 10 Padres vs. Dodgers, Game 5* 8:08 p.m. FS1 TBD
Saturday, Oct. 10 Marlins vs. Braves, Game 5* 4:08 p.m. FS1 TBD

*If necessary

National League Championship Series

All games of the 2020 NLCS will be broadcast on Fox or FS1, and all games will be live from Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Monday, Oct. 12 Game 1 TBD Fox/FS1 TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 13 Game 2 TBD Fox/FS1 TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 14 Game 3 TBD Fox/FS1 TBD
Thursday, Oct. 15 Game 4 TBD Fox/FS1 TBD
Friday, Oct. 16 Game 5* TBD Fox/FS1 TBD
Saturday, Oct. 17 Game 6* TBD Fox/FS1 TBD
Sunday, Oct. 18 Game 7* TBD Fox/FS1 TBD

*If necessary

American League

Wild Card Series

All games will take place on the home field of the higher seed.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8) 5 p.m. ET ABC 3-1 Rays (TB leads 1-0)
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7) 3 p.m. ET ESPN 4-1 White Sox (CWS lead 1-0)
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Twins (3) vs. Astros (6) 2 p.m. ET ABC 4-1 Astros (HOU leads 1-0)
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5) 7 p.m. ET ESPN 12-3 Yankees (NYY lead 1-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8) 4 p.m. ET TBS 8-2 Rays (TB wins 2-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7) 3 p.m. ET ESPN 5-3 Athletics (Series tied 1-1)
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Twins (3) vs. Astros (6) 1 p.m. ET ESPN2 3-1 Astros (HOU wins 2-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5) 7 p.m. ET ESPN 10-9 Yankees (NYY win 2-0)
Thursday, Oct. 1 Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7) 2:10 p.m. ET ESPN 5-3 Athletics (OAK wins 2-1)

*If necessary

American League Division Series

All ALDS games will air live on TBS and take place at Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

All times are Eastern and are subject to change given the results of other series.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Monday, Oct. 5 Astros vs. Athletics, Game 1 4:07 p.m. TBS 10-5 Astros (HOU leads 1-0)
Monday, Oct. 5 Yankees vs. Rays, Game 1 8:07 p.m. TBS 9-3 Yankees (NYY lead 1-0)
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Astros vs. Athletics, Game 2 4:37 p.m. TBS TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Yankees vs. Rays, Game 2 8:10 p.m. TBS TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7 Athletics vs. Astros, Game 3 3:35 p.m. TBS TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7 Rays vs. Yankees, Game 3 7:10 p.m. TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 8 Athletics vs. Astros, Game 4* 3:35 p.m. TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 8 Rays vs. Yankees, Game 4* 7:10 p.m. TBS TBD
Friday, Oct. 9 Astros vs. Athletics, Game 5* 3:35 p.m. TBS TBD
Friday, Oct. 9 Yankees vs. Rays, Game 5* 7:10 p.m. TBS TBD

*If necessary

American League Championship Series

Every ALCS game will take place in Petco Park in San Diego and be broadcast exclusively on TBS.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Sunday, Oct. 11 Game 1 TBD TBS TBD
Monday, Oct. 12 Game 2 TBD TBS TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 13 Game 3 TBD TBS TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 14 Game 4 TBD TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 15 Game 5* TBD TBS TBD
Friday, Oct. 16 Game 6* TBD TBS TBD
Saturday, Oct. 17 Game 7* TBD TBS TBD

*If necessary

World Series schedule

The 2020 World Series will take place exclusively in Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. It’s the only postseason series in 2020 that has built-in off days, as well. 

In years past, World Series first pitch usually occurs around 8:07 p.m. ET, so expect that for 2020.

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Tuesday, Oct. 20 Game 1 TBD Fox TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 21 Game 2 TBD Fox TBD
Friday, Oct. 23 Game 3 TBD Fox TBD
Saturday, Oct. 24 Game 4 TBD Fox TBD
Sunday, Oct. 25 Game 5* TBD Fox TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 27 Game 6* TBD Fox TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 28 Game 7* TBD Fox TBD

*If necessary

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