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


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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Wednesday, Sept. 30Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8)10 p.m. ETESPN4-2 Dodgers (LAD lead 1-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30Braves (2) vs. Reds (7)12 p.m. ETESPN1-0 Braves (ATL leads 1-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6)2 p.m. ETABC5-1 Marlins (MIA leads 1-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5)5 p.m. ETESPN27-4 Cardinals (STL leads 1-0)
Thursday, Oct. 1Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8)10:09 p.m. ETESPN3-0 Dodgers (LAD win 2-0)
Thursday, Oct. 1Braves (2) vs. Reds (7)3:03 p.m. ETESPN5-0 Braves (ATL wins 2-0)
Thursday, Oct. 1Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6)PostponedESPNGame 2 postponed to 10/2
Thursday, Oct. 1Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5)7:08 p.m.ESPN11-9 Padres (Series tied 1-1)
Friday, Oct. 2Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6)2:08 p.m.ABC2-0 Marlins (MIA wins 2-0)
Friday, Oct. 2Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5)7:08 p.m.ESPN4-0 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:

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Tuesday, Oct. 6Padres vs. Dodgers, Game 19:38 p.m.FS1TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 6Marlins vs. Braves, Game 12:08 p.m.FS1TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7Padres vs. Dodgers, Game 29:08 p.m.FS1TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7Marlins vs. Braves, Game 22:08 p.m.MLB NetworkTBD
Thursday, Oct. 8Dodgers vs. Padres, Game 39:08 p.m.MLB NetworkTBD
Thursday, Oct. 8Braves vs. Marlins, Game 32:08 p.m.FS1TBD
Friday, Oct. 9Dodgers vs. Padres, Game 4*9:08 p.m.FS1TBD
Friday, Oct. 9Braves vs. Marlins, Game 4*2:08 p.m.FS1TBD
Saturday, Oct. 10Padres vs. Dodgers, Game 5*8:08 p.m.FS1TBD
Saturday, Oct. 10Marlins vs. Braves, Game 5*4:08 p.m.FS1TBD

*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.

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Monday, Oct. 12Game 1TBDFox/FS1TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 13Game 2TBDFox/FS1TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 14Game 3TBDFox/FS1TBD
Thursday, Oct. 15Game 4TBDFox/FS1TBD
Friday, Oct. 16Game 5*TBDFox/FS1TBD
Saturday, Oct. 17Game 6*TBDFox/FS1TBD
Sunday, Oct. 18Game 7*TBDFox/FS1TBD

*If necessary

American League

Wild Card Series

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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Tuesday, Sept. 29Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8)5 p.m. ETABC3-1 Rays (TB leads 1-0)
Tuesday, Sept. 29Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7)3 p.m. ETESPN4-1 White Sox (CWS lead 1-0)
Tuesday, Sept. 29Twins (3) vs. Astros (6)2 p.m. ETABC4-1 Astros (HOU leads 1-0)
Tuesday, Sept. 29Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5)7 p.m. ETESPN12-3 Yankees (NYY lead 1-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8)4 p.m. ETTBS8-2 Rays (TB wins 2-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7)3 p.m. ETESPN5-3 Athletics (Series tied 1-1)
Wednesday, Sept. 30Twins (3) vs. Astros (6)1 p.m. ETESPN23-1 Astros (HOU wins 2-0)
Wednesday, Sept. 30Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5)7 p.m. ETESPN10-9 Yankees (NYY win 2-0)
Thursday, Oct. 1Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7)2:10 p.m. ETESPN5-3 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.

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Monday, Oct. 5Astros vs. Athletics, Game 14:07 p.m.TBS10-5 Astros (HOU leads 1-0)
Monday, Oct. 5Yankees vs. Rays, Game 18:07 p.m.TBS9-3 Yankees (NYY lead 1-0)
Tuesday, Oct. 6Astros vs. Athletics, Game 24:37 p.m.TBSTBD
Tuesday, Oct. 6Yankees vs. Rays, Game 28:10 p.m.TBSTBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7Athletics vs. Astros, Game 33:35 p.m.TBSTBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7Rays vs. Yankees, Game 37:10 p.m.TBSTBD
Thursday, Oct. 8Athletics vs. Astros, Game 4*3:35 p.m.TBSTBD
Thursday, Oct. 8Rays vs. Yankees, Game 4*7:10 p.m.TBSTBD
Friday, Oct. 9Astros vs. Athletics, Game 5*3:35 p.m.TBSTBD
Friday, Oct. 9Yankees vs. Rays, Game 5*7:10 p.m.TBSTBD

*If necessary

American League Championship Series

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

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Sunday, Oct. 11Game 1TBDTBSTBD
Monday, Oct. 12Game 2TBDTBSTBD
Tuesday, Oct. 13Game 3TBDTBSTBD
Wednesday, Oct. 14Game 4TBDTBSTBD
Thursday, Oct. 15Game 5*TBDTBSTBD
Friday, Oct. 16Game 6*TBDTBSTBD
Saturday, Oct. 17Game 7*TBDTBSTBD

*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.

DateGameStart timeTV channelResult
Tuesday, Oct. 20Game 1TBDFoxTBD
Wednesday, Oct. 21Game 2TBDFoxTBD
Friday, Oct. 23Game 3TBDFoxTBD
Saturday, Oct. 24Game 4TBDFoxTBD
Sunday, Oct. 25Game 5*TBDFoxTBD
Tuesday, Oct. 27Game 6*TBDFoxTBD
Wednesday, Oct. 28Game 7*TBDFoxTBD

*If necessary





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