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MLB Playoffs 2021 schedule and preview

The MLB post season is finally here and it starts off with a classic rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in the AL Wild Card game.

The MLB expanded to 16 teams last year in 2020 and now it’s making its return to a 10-team postseason format. The playoffs begin with the American League Wild Card game, which will be between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at 8pm ET. The rivals both earned their playoff spot on Sunday in dramatic wins on the last day of the MLB regular season. Whichever team wins between the Red Sox and Yankees will play the Tampa Bay Rays in one of the AL Division Series games. The Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros will battle it out in the other ALDS.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals will kick off the National League Wild Card game on Wednesday at 8pm ET. The Giants clinched their spot on Sunday with a win over the Padres to give them a 107-55 record and the Dodgers finished with 106 wins, the most of any wild card team in history. The winner of that Dodgers/Cardinals game will play the San Francisco Giants in the NL Division Series and the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves will play in the other NLDS game.

Full playoff schedule and teams

AL Wild Card Game
Tuesday, October 8 - 8:00pm ET
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

NL Wild Card Game
Wednesday, October 9 - 8:00pm ET
St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Dodgers

AL Division Series
Best of five

Tampa Bay Rays vs TBD (winner of the AL Wild Card Game)
Game 1: TBD at Rays - Thursday, October 7 (time TBD)
Game 2: TBD at Rays - Friday, October 8 (time TBD)
Game 3: Rays at TBD - Sunday, October 10 (time TBD)
Game 4 (if necessary): Rays at TBD - Monday, October 11 (time TBD)
Game 5: (if necessary): TBD at Rays - Wednesday, October13 (time TBD)

Chicago White Sox vs Houston Astros
Game 1: White Sox at Astros - Thursday, October 7 (time TBD)
Game 2: White Sox at Astros - Friday, October 8 (time TBD)
Game 3: Astros at White Sox - Sunday, October 10 (time TBD)
Game 4 (if necessary): Astros at White Sox - Monday, October 11 (time TBD)
Game 5 (if necessary): White Sox at Astros - Wednesday, October 13 (time TBD)

NL Division Series
Best of five

Atlanta Braves vs Milwaukee Brewers
Game 1: Braves at Brewers - Friday, October 8 (time TBD)
Game 2: Braves at Brewers - Saturday, October 9 (time TBD)
Game 3: Brewers at Braves - Monday, October 11 (time TBD)
Game 4 (if necessary): Brewers at Braves - Tuesday, October 12 (time TBD)
Game 5 (if necessary): Braves at Brewers - Thursday, October 14 (time TBD)

San Francisco Giants vs TBD
Game 1: TBD at Giants - Friday, October 8 (time TBD)
Game 2: TBD at Giants - Saturday, October 9 (time TBD)
Game 3: Giants at TBD - Monday, October 11 (time TBD)
Game 4 (if necessary): Giants at TBD - Tuesday, October 12 (time TBD)
Game 5 (if necessary): TBD at Giants - Thursday, October 14 (time TBD)