MLB Playoffs Picture 2019: Complete Bracket, TV Schedule, Where to Watch Online

With the wildcard matchups now in the history books, eight teams are left in the MLB postseason and the race to the World Series kicks off on Thursday.

The National League gets the ball rolling when the St. Louis Cardinals face the Braves in Atlanta, before the Washington Nationals travel to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers, who have reached the World Series and lost in each of the last two seasons.

The quartet is back in action on Friday, when it will be joined by the four American League representatives. The Houston Astros host the Tampa Bay Rays, who have qualified through the wild card game, before the New York Yankees begin their quest for a first World Series appearance in a decade later in the evening when they take on the Minnesota Twins.

All four American League teams are back in action on Saturday for Game 2, while Game 3 of the National League Division Series is scheduled for the following day.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the first round of the MLB playoffs.

Mike Ford, New York Yankees
Mike Ford #36 of the New York Yankees hits a two-run double in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 27 in Arlington, Texas. Richard Rodriguez/Getty

When do the MLB playoffs start?

Proceedings begin on Thursday, October 3, with Game 1 of the National League Division Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals face the Atlanta Braves, while the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Washington Nationals

On Friday, all four teams are in action again for Game 2, as are the four American League teams for Game 1.

The New York Yankees host the Minnesota Twins, while the Houston Astros welcome the

Where to watch the MLB playoffs

Coverage of the MLB playoffs will be split across TBS, ESPN, MLB Network and FOX Sports 1.

Live stream will be available via each broadcaster's digital platforms as well as via fuboTV.

National League Division Series (All times ET)

Thursday, October 3

  • Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves—5:02 p.m., TBS
  • Game 1: Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers—8:37 p.m., TBS

Friday, October 4

  • Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals @ Atlanta Braves—4:37 p.m., TBS
  • Game 2: Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers—9:37 p.m., TBS

Sunday, October 6

  • Game 3: Atlanta Braves @ St. Louis Cardinals—4:10 p.m., TBS
  • Game 3: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Washington Nationals—7:45 p.m., TBS

If necessary, Game 4 will be played in Washington and St. Louis on October 7, with Game 5 to be played in Los Angeles and Atlanta on October 9.

Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers
Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Chris Taylor #3 after Muncy's solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the six inning at Oracle Park on September 28 in San Francisco, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty

American League Division Series (All times ET)

Friday, October 4

  • Game 1: Tampa Bay Rays @ Houston Astros—2:05 p.m., FS1
  • Game 1: Minnesota Twins @ New York Yankees—7:07 p.m., MLB Network

Saturday, October 5

  • Game 2: Minnesota Twins @ New York Yankees—5:07 p.m., FS1
  • Game 2: Tampa Bay Rays @ Houston Astros—9:07 p.m., FS1

Monday, October 7

  • Game 3: Houston Astros @ Tampa Bay Rays—TBD, MLB Network
  • Game 3: New York Yankees @ Minnesota Twins—TBD, FS1

If necessary, Game 4 will be played in and Minneapolis on October 8, with Game 5 to be played in New York and Houston on October 10.