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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.

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, Tex.

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

MORE: How MLB’s playoff bubbles will work

MLB playoff bracket 2020

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
  • Stream: ESPN app, FOX Sports app
  • 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, FOX apps.

MLB playoff schedule, results

National League

Wild Card Series

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Braves (2) vs. Reds (7) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 1 Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 1 Braves (2) vs. Reds (7) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 1 Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 1 Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Friday, Oct. 2 Dodgers (1) vs. Brewers (8) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Friday, Oct. 2 Braves (2) vs. Reds (7) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Friday, Oct. 2 Cubs (3) vs. Marlins (6) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Friday, Oct. 2 Padres (4) vs. Cardinals (5) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD

*If necessary

National League Division Series

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Game 1 TBD FS1/MLBN TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Game 1 TBD FS1/MLBN TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7 Game 2 TBD FS1/MLBN TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7 Game 2 TBD FS1/MLBN TBD
Thursday, Oct. 8 Game 3 TBD FS1/MLBN TBD
Thursday, Oct. 8 Game 3 TBD FS1/MLBN TBD
Friday, Oct. 9 Game 4* TBD FS1 TBD
Friday, Oct. 9 Game 4* TBD FS1 TBD
Saturday, Oct. 10 Game 5* TBD FS1 TBD
Saturday, Oct. 10 Game 5* TBD FS1 TBD

*If necessary

National League Championship Series

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

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) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Twins (3) vs. Astros (6) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Twins (3) vs. Astros (6) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Wednesday, Sept. 30 Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5) TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 1 Rays (1) vs. Blue Jays (8)* TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 1 Athletics (2) vs. White Sox (7)* TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 1 Twins (3) vs. Astros (6)* TBD ESPN/TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 1 Indians (4) vs. Yankees (5)* TBD ESPN/TBS TBD

*If necessary

*If necessary

American League Division Series

All ALDS games will air live on TBS and take place at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. and 

Date Game Start time TV channel Result
Monday, Oct. 5 TBD TBD TBS TBD
Monday, Oct. 5 TBD TBD TBS TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 6 TBD TBD TBS TBD
Tuesday, Oct. 6 TBD TBD TBS TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7 TBD TBD TBS TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 7 TBD TBD TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 8 TBD TBD TBS TBD
Thursday, Oct. 8 TBD TBD TBS TBD
Friday, Oct. 9 TBD TBD TBS TBD
Friday, Oct. 9 TBD TBD TBS TBD

American League Championship Series

Every ALCS game will take place in Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. 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, Tex. 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

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