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

Three Wild Card Series came to an end on Thursday, leaving only two spots available in the Division Series in the MLB playoffs.

The Oakland Athletics defeated the Chicago White Sox in the only American League Wild Card Series to go the distance, while the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves are the first National League teams to reach the Division Series.

Here's a round-up of which teams have punched a ticket to the next 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 where they will face the New York Yankees.

Oakland Athletics

The A's had to come back from a one-game deficit in the series and trailed 3-0 on Thursday, before a two-run homer from Sean Murphy in the fourth inning sparked a rally that put Oakland 4-3 ahead.

After Chicago tied the score again, Chad Pinder's two-run single in the fifth inning gave the A's a lead they would not relinquish. The win in Game 3 clinched a first series win in 14 years for Oakland and snapped a nine-game streak of consecutive losses in win-or-go-home scenarios setting up a Division Series against the Houston Astros.

Liam Hendriks, Oakland Athletics
Liam Hendriks #16 and hitting coach Mark Kotsay #7 of the Oakland Athletics celebrate defeating the Chicago White Sox 6-4 in Game Three of the American League Wild Card Round at RingCentral Coliseum on October 1 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty

New York Yankees

The Yankees booked a berth in the AL Division Series after sweeping the Cleveland Indians in the Wild Card Series thanks to a 12-3 win in Game 1 and a 10-9 victory in Game 2. Next up for New York is a Division Series against the Rays, who won the regular season series 8-2 allowing the Yankees just 3.4 runs per game.

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. Houston will face Oakland in the Division Series after losing the regular series 7-3 to the A's.

AL Division Series bracket

  • No. 1 Tampa Bay Rays vs. No. 5 New York Yankees
  • No. 6 Houston Astros vs. No. 2 Oakland Athletics

National League

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers completed their sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night, with a commanding 3-0 win in Game 2 on the back of a dominant performance from Clayton Kershaw.

The Dodgers' left-hander allowed just three hits over innings, notching up a record 13 strikeouts—the most in the playoffs in the last 20 years and the most by any pitcher in the playoffs or the regular season since 2016. Los Angeles will face the winner of the series between the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series.

Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw #22 and Mookie Betts #50 celebrate a 3-0 win, to eliminate the Milwaukee Brewers after game two of the National League Wild Card Series at Dodger Stadium on October 1 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty

Atlanta Braves

The Braves swept the Cincinnati Reds with a dominant 5-0 win in Game 2. Ian Anderson had a day to remember in his postseason debut, striking out nine batters in six innings as Cincinnati failed to score for the second consecutive game. Atlanta will now face either the Miami Marlins or the Chicago Cubs in the Division Series.

San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals

The Padres stayed alive in the series after an 11-9 win on Thursday night, courtesy of a couple of home runs from Fernando Tatis, who became the second-youngest player in MLB history to hit more than one home run in a postseason game. The 21-year-old hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, before blasting a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

  • Game 3—Friday, 7:08 p.m. ET, ESPN


The @Padres are back in it.

— MLB (@MLB) October 2, 2020

Miami Marlins vs. Chicago Cubs

The MLB postponed Game 2 on Thursday due to adverse weather conditions and it's now set to take place on Friday as the Marlins look to wrap up the series after a 5-1 win in Game 1 on Wednesday.

  • Game 2—Friday, 2:08 p.m. ET, ABC
  • Game 3—Saturday, 3:38 p.m. ET, ESPN2

NL Division Series bracket

  • No. 1 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. No. 4 San Diego Padres/ No. 5 St. Louis Cardinals
  • No. 2 Atlanta Braves vs. No. 3 Chicago Cubs/No. 6 Miami Marlins