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MLB Playoff Schedule 2020: Full Bracket, Dates, Occasions, TV Channels for Every Sequence

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A chaotic season deserves an equally chaotic ending.

The 2020 MLB playoffs are here, and the World Series is heading to Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. But before two teams compete for a World Cup, 16 will be on the field in an expanded playoff picture that begins Tuesday, September 29th.

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In a normal year, only 10 teams would take their chance to win the Commissioner's Cup, but the players' association and league agreed to expand the playoff picture on opening day and bring another six teams to the field on Tuesday. And to add a few wrinkles to the situation, most playoffs are played in four separate bubbles in the Texas and California stadiums, while there are no rest days in any series in October.

The 2020 MLB Playoffs begin with eight best-of-three series in the newly christened Wild Card series. The opening round gives way to the Division Series, which leads to the Championship Series, which will eventually culminate in the 2020 World Series and will 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

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Bundesliga

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

American League

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

How to watch MLB playoff games

  • TV channel: ESPN, TBS, Fox, FS1, MLB network
  • TV channels (Canada): Sportsnet
  • Electricity: ESPN App, Fox Sports App, fuboTV
  • Live scores: SN's live scoreboard

Five networks will share the broadcast duties during the 2020 Playoffs: ESPN and TBS will share the Wild Card series, MLB Network, TBS and FS1 will share the Division Series, Fox / FS1 will receive the NLCS, while TBS will receive the ALCS with the world Series broadcast on Fox, as usual.

With a cable provider, you can stream games using ESPN, TBS, and Fox apps. ESPN and Fox Networks, as well as MLB Network, can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a free 7-day trial.

MLB playoff schedule, results

Bundesliga

Wild Card Series

date game Start time TV channel Result
Wednesday September 30th Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8) 10 p.m. ET ESPN 4-2 Dodgers (LAD lead 1-0)
Wednesday September 30th Braves (2) versus Reds (7) 12 p.m. ET ESPN 1-0 Braves (ATL leads 1-0)
Wednesday September 30th Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6) 2 p.m. ET ABC 5-1 Marlins (MIA leads 1-0)
Wednesday September 30th Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5) 5 p.m. ET ESPN2 7-4 cardinals (STL leads 1-0)
Thursday October 1st Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8) 10:09 p.m. ET ESPN 3-0 Dodgers (LAD wins 2-0)
Thursday October 1st Braves (2) versus Reds (7) 3:03 p.m. ET ESPN 5-0 Braves (ATL wins 2-0)
Thursday October 1st Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6) Postponed ESPN Game 2 moved to 10/2
Thursday October 1st Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5) 7:08 pm ESPN 11-9 Padres (series 1-1 tied)
Friday October 2nd Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6) 2:08 pm ABC 2-0 Marlins (MIA wins 2-0)
Friday October 2nd Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5) 7:08 pm ESPN 4-0 Padres (SD wins 2-1)

Bundesliga

National League Division Series

All times are east and may change based on the results of other series:

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

*If necessary

National League Championship Series

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

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

*If necessary

American League

Wild Card Series

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

date game Start time TV channel Result
Tuesday, September 29th Rays (1) against Blue Jays (8) 5 p.m. ET ABC 3-1 rays (TB leads 1-0)
Tuesday, September 29th Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7) 3 pm. ET ESPN 4-1 White Sox (CWS leads 1-0)
Tuesday, September 29th Twins (3) vs. Astros (6) 2 p.m. ET ABC 4-1 Astros (HOU leads 1-0)
Tuesday, September 29th Indians (4) vs Yankees (5) 7 p.m. ET ESPN 12-3 Yankees (NYY leads 1-0)
Wednesday September 30th Rays (1) against Blue Jays (8) 4 p.m. ET TBS 8-2 rays (TB wins 2-0)
Wednesday September 30th Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7) 3 pm. ET ESPN 5-3 athletics (series draw 1-1)
Wednesday September 30th Twins (3) vs. Astros (6) 1:00 p.m. ET ESPN2 3-1 Astros (HOU wins 2-0)
Wednesday September 30th Indians (4) vs Yankees (5) 7 p.m. ET ESPN 10-9 Yankees (NYY wins 2-0)
Thursday October 1st 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 be broadcast live on TBS and will take place in Petco Park in San Diego and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

All times are east and are subject to change based on results from other series.

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

*If necessary

American League Championship Series

Every ALCS game takes place in Petco Park in San Diego and is broadcast exclusively on TBS.

date game Start time TV channel Result
Sunday October 11th Game 1 TBD TBS TBD
Monday October 12th Game 2 TBD TBS TBD
Tuesday October 13th Game 3 TBD TBS TBD
Wednesday October 14th Game 4 TBD TBS TBD
Thursday October 15th Game 5 * TBD TBS TBD
Friday October 16 Game 6 * TBD TBS TBD
Saturday 17th October Game 7 * TBD TBS TBD

*If necessary

World Series schedule

The 2020 World Series will be held exclusively at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. It is the only postseason series in 2020 that also includes non-working days.

For the past few years, the first pitch in the World Series has usually been around 8:07 p.m. ET, so expect that in 2020.

date game Start time TV channel Result
Tuesday October 20th Game 1 TBD Fox TBD
Wednesday October 21 Game 2 TBD Fox TBD
Friday October 23rd Game 3 TBD Fox TBD
Saturday October 24th Game 4 TBD Fox TBD
Sunday October 25th Game 5 * TBD Fox TBD
Tuesday October 27th Game 6 * TBD Fox TBD
Wednesday October 28th Game 7 * TBD Fox TBD

*If necessary

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