2020 MLB playoffs: Schedules, postseason bracket, analysis and updates

The unique 2020 MLB playoffs started with a bang — with an unprecedented wild-card round of best-of-three series — but now things take on a more familiar look.

The best-of-five division series begin Oct. 5, followed by the league championship series, beginning Oct. 11. The World Series, which will be played at a neutral site for the first time (Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas), is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 20 through Wednesday, Oct. 28.

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Running World Series odds

NL: Dodgers 35.5%, Padres 14.8%, Braves 11.3%, Marlins 1.1%.

AL: Rays 14.0%, A’s 9.8%, Yankees 9.4%, Astros 4.2%.

Projections courtesy of ESPN’s Bradford Doolittle and updated at conclusion of each night’s games.

AL Division Series

Best-of-five series

Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees

at San Diego

  • Game 1: Monday, Oct. 5, TBS, 8 p.m.

  • Game 2: Tuesday, Oct. 6, TBS, 8 p.m.

  • Game 3: Wednesday, Oct. 7, TBS, 7 p.m.

  • Game 4: Thursday, Oct. 8, TBS (if necessary)

  • Game 5: Friday, Oct. 9, TBS (if necessary)

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Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros

at Los Angeles

  • Game 1: Monday, Oct. 5, TBS, 4 p.m.

  • Game 2: Tuesday, Oct. 6, TBS, 4:30 p.m.

  • Game 3: Wednesday, Oct. 7, TBS, 3:30 p.m.

  • Game 4: Thursday, Oct. 8, TBS (if necessary)

  • Game 5: Friday, Oct. 9, TBS (if necessary)

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NL Division Series

Best-of-five series

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres

at Arlington, Texas

  • Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 6, FS1 or MLBN, 9:30 p.m.

  • Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 7, FS1 or MLBN, 9 p.m.

  • Game 3: Thursday, Oct. 8, FS1 or MLBN, 9 p.m.

  • Game 4: Friday, Oct. 9, FS1 or MLBN (if necessary)

  • Game 5: Saturday, Oct. 10, FS1 or MLBN (if necessary)

Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins

at Houston

  • Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 6, FS1 or MLBN, 2 p.m.

  • Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 7, FS1 or MLBN, 2 p.m.

  • Game 3: Thursday, Oct. 8, FS1 or MLBN, 2 p.m.

  • Game 4: Friday, Oct. 9, FS1 or MLBN (if necessary)

  • Game 5: Saturday, Oct. 10, FS1 or MLBN (if necessary)

AL Championship Series

at San Diego

  • Game 1: Sunday, Oct. 11, TBS

  • Game 2: Monday, Oct. 12, TBS

  • Game 3: Tuesday, Oct. 13, TBS

  • Game 4: Wednesday, Oct. 14, TBS

  • Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 15, TBS (if necessary)

  • Game 6: Friday, Oct. 16, TBS (if necessary)

  • Game 7: Saturday, Oct. 17, TBS (if necessary)

NL Championship Series

at Arlington, Texas

  • Game 1: Monday, Oct. 12, Fox or FS1

  • Game 2: Tuesday, Oct. 13, Fox or FS1

  • Game 3: Wednesday, Oct. 14, Fox or FS1

  • Game 4: Thursday, Oct. 15, Fox or FS1

  • Game 5: Friday, Oct. 16, Fox or FS1 (if necessary)

  • Game 6: Saturday, Oct. 17, Fox or FS1 (if necessary)

  • Game 7: Sunday, Oct. 18, Fox or FS1 (if necessary)

World Series

at Arlington, Texas

  • Game 1: Tuesday, Oct. 20, Fox

  • Game 2: Wednesday, Oct. 21, Fox

  • Game 3: Friday, Oct. 23, Fox

  • Game 4: Saturday, Oct. 24, Fox

  • Game 5: Sunday, Oct. 25, Fox (if necessary)

  • Game 6: Tuesday, Oct. 27, Fox (if necessary)

  • Game 7: Wednesday, Oct. 28, Fox (if necessary)

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American League: Wild-card series

Best-of-three, all games at home park of higher seed

All times Eastern

Tampa Bay Rays (1) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (8)

Tampa Bay wins 2-0

  • Game 1: Rays 3, Blue Jays 1

  • Game 2: Rays 8, Blue Jays 2

Oakland Athletics (2) vs. Chicago White Sox (7)

Oakland wins 2-1

  • Game 1: White Sox 4, A’s 1

  • Game 2: A’s 5, White Sox 3

  • Game 3: A’s 6, White Sox 4

Minnesota Twins (3) vs. Houston Astros (6)

Houston wins 2-0

  • Game 1: Astros 4, Twins 1

  • Game 2: Astros 3, Twins 1

Cleveland Indians (4) vs. New York Yankees (5)

New York wins 2-0

  • Game 1: Yankees 12, Indians 3

  • Game 2: Yankees 10, Indians 9

National League: Wild-card series

Best-of-three, all games at home park of higher seed

Los Angeles Dodgers (1) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (8)

Los Angeles wins 2-0

  • Game 1: Dodgers 4, Brewers 2

  • Game 2: Dodgers 3, Brewers 0

Atlanta Braves (2) vs. Cincinnati Reds (7)

Atlanta wins 2-0

  • Game 1: Braves 1, Reds 0 (13)

  • Game 2: Braves 5, Reds 0

Chicago Cubs (3) vs. Miami Marlins (6)

Miami wins 2-0

  • Game 1: Marlins 5, Cubs 1

  • Game 2: Marlins 2, Cubs 0

San Diego Padres (4) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (5)

San Diego wins 2-1

  • Game 1: Cardinals 7, Padres 4

  • Game 2: Padres 11, Cardinals 9

  • Game 3: Padres 4, Cardinals 0

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