MLB Playoffs 2020: Updated Bracket, Wild Card Series Scores, TV Schedule

Three days into the MLB's first-ever Wild Card Series, the American League has already lost its third and fourth seed with the Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians swept by the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.

Along with the No. 1-seeded Tampa Bay Rays, the Astros and the Yankees are two of the three teams to have already booked their ticket for the AL Division Series.

The series between the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago White Sox is the only AL Wild Card contest to go the distance, while the Division Series bracket in the National League is yet to be filled as the Wild Card round began a day later than its AL counterpart.

Here's a round-up of which teams have progressed past the Wild Card round and the state of play in both leagues.

American League

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays arrived into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the AL and have lived up to expectations so far, sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays to advance to the AL Division Series. On Tuesday the Rays won the series opener 3-1 and followed it up with a dominant 8-2 win on Wednesday, with Tyler Glasnow allowing just six hits and two earned runs on six innings pitched, which returned eight strikeouts. Tampa Bay has depth in the bullpen and a lineup that can cause headaches for most if its opponents and will now face the New York Yankees in the Division Series.

New York Yankees

The Yankees booked a berth in the AL Division Series after sweeping the Cleveland Indians in the Wild Card Series. A dominant 12-3 win in Game 1 was followed by a much closer affair on Wednesday night, with the Yankees edging out Cleveland 10-9 in a game that featured a combined 19 walks. The Yankees squandered leads of 5-4 and 8-6 and had to rally from 9-8 down in the top of the ninth inning to clinch the game.

New York's line-up is healthier than it was during the regular season and it will have a crucial role to play against the Rays, who won the regular season series 8-2 allowing the Yankees just 3.4 runs per game.


The @Yankees retake the lead.

— MLB (@MLB) October 1, 2020

Houston Astros

The Astros, who went into the playoffs as the No. 6 seed, completed their sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, winning 3-1 in Game 2 a day after taking the series opener 4-1. It will be interesting to see how far Houston can go without star pitcher Justin Verlander, who will miss the reminder of the season and the whole of the 2021 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox

The No. 2 seed in the AL, Oakland snapped a six-game losing streak in the postseason on Wednesday, winning 5-3 to ensure at least one AL Wild Card series will go the distance. The bad news for the Athletics is that they have lost their nine consecutive series deciders.

Game 3—Thursday, 3:10 p.m. ET, ESPN

AL Division Series bracket

  • No. 1 Tampa Bay Rays vs No. 5 New York Yankees
  • No. 6 Houston Astros vs. No. 2 Oakland Athletics/No. 7 Chicago White Sox

National League

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers

The Dodgers lead the series 1-0 after winning the series opener 4-2 on Wednesday night, with Mookie Betts doubling in his first two at bats and Corey Seager clinching the game with a solo homer in the seventh inning after the Brewers had close a 3-0 gap to a single run.

  • Game 2—Thursday, 10:08 p.m. ET, ESPN
  • Game 3—Friday, 6:38 p.m. ET, ESPN

San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Dylan Carlson made the difference as the No. 5-seeded Cardinals upset the Padres on Wednesday night, taking the series opener 7-4. The rookie went 2-for-3 with two walks, doubling and scoring in the first inning and singing and scoring in the third, while San Diego pitcher Chris Paddack gave up six runs in a disappointing display.

  • Game 2—Thursday, 5:08 p.m. ET, ESPN2
  • Game 3—Friday, 10:08 p.m. ET, ESPN

Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins

Despite being down 1-0 in the seventh inning, the Marlins romped to a 5-1 win as Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer that completely changed the game. The Cubs could do with a similar offensive explosion in Game 2 after racking up just four hits on Wednesday night.

  • Game 2—Thursday, 2:08 p.m. ET, ABC
  • Game 3—Friday, 2:08 p.m. ET, ABC

Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds

It took them 13 innings—no playoff game had ever been scoreless past the 11th inning—but the Braves eventually took a 1-0 lead in their series against the Reds after Freddie Freeman hit a walk-off single. After struggling against Trevor Bauer, who racked up 12 strikeouts and no walks in 7 and 2/3 scoreless innings, the Reds will be hoping to have better luck against rookie Ian Anderson on Thursday.

  • Game 2—Thursday,12:08 p.m. ET, ESPN
  • Game 3—Friday, 3:08 p.m. ET, ESPN

The #MVFree delivers in the 13th.

— MLB (@MLB) September 30, 2020

NL Division Series bracket

  • No. 1 Los Angeles Dodgers/No. 8 Milwaukee Brewers vs. No. 4 San Diego Padres/ No. 5 St. Louis Cardinals
  • No. 2 Atlanta Braves/No. 7 Cincinnati Reds vs. No. 3 Chicago Cubs/No. 6 Miami Marlins
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates with a teammate after the Yankees defeated the Cleveland Indians in Game Two of the American League Wild Card Series at Progressive Field on September 30 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Yankees defeated the Indians 10-9. Jason Miller/Getty