MLB Playoffs Schedule: Dates, TV Channel, Live Stream for Wild Card Series

The MLB regular season may have been a 60-game sprint as opposed to the traditional 162-game marathon, but there will be more baseball than usual for fans to sink their collective teeth in during the playoffs.

The expanded and revamped postseason begins on Tuesday, with a field consisting of 16 teams as opposed to the usual 10, with the brand new Wild Card Series replacing the one-off Wild Card game and no byes for any of the teams that have qualified for the playoffs.

Here's all you need to know as the race for the World Series begins this week.

When does the MLB postseason start?

The MLB playoffs begin on Tuesday, September 29, with the opening game of the four American League Wild Card Series. The openers for the four National League Wild Card series are scheduled for Wednesday, along with Game 2 for each of the AL Wild Card Series. Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series are scheduled for Thursday together with eventual series deciders for the AL WIld Card Series, while Game 3 of the NL Wild Card, if required, will be played on Friday.

Where to watch the MLB postseason

Seven of the Wild Card Series will be broadcast exclusively by ESPN, except for the matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays, which will be televised exclusively by TBS. Live stream will be available via WatchESPN and ESPN and TBS' digital platforms, as well as via fuboTV.

American League Wild Card Series schedule (All times ET, *denotes if necessary)

No. 1 Tampa Bay Rays vs. No. 8 Toronto Blue Jays

  • Game 1—Blue Jays @ Rays: Tuesday, September 29—5 p.m., TBS
  • Game 2—Blue Jays @ Rays: Wednesday, September 30—4 p.m., TBS
  • Game 3*—Blue Jays @ Rays: Thursday, October 1—TBD, TBS

No. 2 Oakland Athletics vs. No. 7 Chicago White Sox

  • Game 1—White Sox @ Athletics: Tuesday, September 29—3 p.m., ESPN
  • Game 2—White Sox @ Athletics: Wednesday, September 30—3 p.m., ESPN
  • Game 3*—White Sox @ Athletics: Thursday, October 1—TBD, ESPN network

No. 3 Minnesota Twins vs. No. 6 Houston Astros

  • Game 1—Astros @ Twins: Tuesday, September 29—2 p.m., ABC
  • Game 2—Astros @ Twins: Wednesday, September 30—1 p.m., ESPN2
  • Game 3*—Astros @ Twins: Thursday, October 1—TBD, ESPN network

No. 4 Cleveland Indians vs. No. 5 New York Yankees

  • Game 1—Yankees @ Indians: Tuesday, September 29—7 p.m., ESPN
  • Game 2—Yankees @ Indians: Wednesday, September 30—7 p.m., ESPN
  • Game 3*—Yankees @ Indians: Thursday, October 1—TBD, ESPN network

National League Wild Card Series schedule (All times ET, *denotes if necessary)

No. 1 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. No. 8 Milwaukee Brewers

  • Game 1—Brewers @ Dodgers: Wednesday, September 30—7 p.m., ESPN
  • Game 2—Brewers @ Dodgers: Thursday, October 1—TBD., ESPN network
  • Game 3*—Brewers @ Dodgers: Friday, October 2—TBD, ESPN network
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The Los Angeles Dodgers pose for a team picture, after a 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics, to win the National League West Division at Dodger Stadium on September 22 in Los Angeles, California. The expanded MLB postseason begins on Tuesday. Harry How/Getty

No. 2 Atlanta Braves vs. No. 7 Cincinnati Reds

  • Game 1—Reds @ Braves: Wednesday, September 30—12 p.m., ESPN
  • Game 2—Reds @ Braves: Thursday, October 1—TBD., ESPN network
  • Game 3*—Reds @ Braves: Friday, October 2—TBD, ESPN network

No. 3 Chicago Cubs vs. No. 6 Miami Marlins

  • Game 1—Marlins @ Cubs: Wednesday, September 30—2 p.m., ABC
  • Game 2—Marlins @ Cubs: Thursday, October 1—TBD., ESPN network
  • Game 3*—Marlins @ Cubs: Friday, October 2—TBD, ESPN network

No. 4 San Diego Padres vs. No. 5 St. Louis Cardinals

  • Game 1—Cardinals @ Padres: Wednesday, September 30—5 p.m., ESPN2
  • Game 2—Cardinals @ Padres: Thursday, October 1—TBD., ESPN network
  • Game 3*—Cardinals @ Padres: Friday, October 2—TBD, ESPN network