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MLB playoff wild card TV schedule: times, radio, & how to watch

The 2021 MLB postseason panorama has been finalized, with the Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals and Dodgers contesting the Wild Card Games.

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty (45) crosses the plate scoring left fielder AJ Pollock (11) and left fielder Chris Taylor (3) after hitting a three run home run in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium.
Jayne Kamin-OnceaUSA TODAY Sports

After a grueling 162-game regular season that went to the wire, the final 2021 MLB postseason spots have been decided. As the MLB returns to its traditional format of a 10-team postseason, made up of five teams apiece from the American League and the National League, following the coronavirus pandemic-enforced expansion to a 16-team postseason in 2020, four teams will contest the Wild Card Games to complete the bracket for the Division Series.

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox ensured their places in the 2021 postseason on Sunday, setting up a meeting between the two sides in the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday, 5 October. The winner of the single-game shootout will go on to play the 2020 World Series runners-up Tampa Bay Rays in the Division Series.

In the National League Wild Card Game, the St. Louis Cardinals will take on 2020 World Series champions the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, 6 October. The winner of that match-up will play the San Francisco Giants in the Division Series.

MLB Wild Card Game schedule and TV

Tuesday, Oct. 5

Yankees at Red Sox (8 p.m. on ESPN)

Wednesday, Oct. 6

Cardinals at Dodgers (8 p.m. on TBS)

Where can I watch the 2021 MLB Wild Card Games?

As well as showing the Wild Card Games on television, ESPN and TBS will also be streaming the games via their apps, while fuboTV is offering a free seven-day trial of its streaming service, which offers another way to catch the Wild Card Games. also provides an international live streaming and audio service (subscription required) while ESPN Radio also provides postseason coverage.

For viewers in Canada, Sportsnet will be carrying the Wild Card Games.


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