There have been some seasons where the playoff picture is set well before Game 162. The final day of the season is often just a chance to rest some key pitchers and players ahead of the postseason. That is not the case in 2021.

The AL wild card has four teams separated by a single game. If the Red Sox and Yankees both win, the craziness is averted and the two rivals will face off in the wild card matchup on Tuesday. However, a loss for either opens up a path for some the Mariners and/or Blue Jays to sneak in and force a play-in game just to reach the wild card game.

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And in the National League, the Giants lead the Dodgers in the NL West by a game, but if the Giants lose and the Dodgers win, they will play in a single game to decide who faces the Cardinals in the NL wild card game and who gets to wait and face the winner of the wild card matchup. 

Sporting News will be tracking scores in the key games on Sunday and providing updates and highlights from each of the matchups.

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Live MLB scores, updates, highlights from Sunday

Red Sox vs. Nationals

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Red Sox 0 0 0 0 1 0
Nationals 0 1 1 2 4 0

Rays vs. Yankees

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rays 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0

Angels vs. Mariners

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Angels 2 2 4 5 0
Mariners 0 2 2 3 1

Orioles vs. Blue Jays

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Orioles 0 0 1 1 2 0
Blue Jays 3 2 5 6 0

Padres vs. Giants

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Padres 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
Giants 0 0 2 2 3 0

Brewers vs. Dodgers

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Brewers 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Dodgers 0 0 0 0 1 0

4:11 p.m.: Ryan Zimmerman is walked with the bases loaded. 2-0 Nationals over the Red Sox in the bottom of the third. That walk will end the night for Chris Sale.

4:07 p.m.: J.P. Crawford singles up the middle to score Kelenic and make it a 4-2 game. Mariners showing life in the bottom of the second.

4:05 p.m.: The Brewers jump ahead 1-0 over the Dodgers when Avisail Garcia follows up a Rowdy Tellez double with one of his own in the top of the fourth.

4:00 p.m.: Manny Machado lifts a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth to trim the Giants’ advantage down to 2-1.

3:59 p.m.: Don’t count out the Mariners just yet. Jarred Kelenic lines a hit into right to make it a 4-1 game in the bottom of the second.

3:52 p.m.: Would it really be the last day of the 2021 MLB season without a home run from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.? He launches one and it’s 5-0 in the bottom of the second.

3:52 p.m.: Base hit up the middle by Buster Posey gives the Giants a 2-0 lead over the Padres in the bottom of the third.

3:47 p.m.: Angels’ Jared Walsh lifts a sacrifice fly to left, and Fletcher comes in to score. Mariners down 4-0.

3:46 p.m.: Muncy is coming out of the game to a standing ovation from the home fans. Albert Pujols has come in the game at first.

3:44 p.m.: Dodgers 1B Max Muncy is in some pain after he was hit by the baserunner Jace Peterson trying to catch the throw to first. He is lying on his back by first base and is being looked at by trainers. He has played at an MVP-caliber level this season for Los Angeles.

3:42 p.m.: Angels add another. David Fletcher doubles down the left field line to score Jose Rojas and make it a 3-0 Angels advantage.

3:41 p.m.: Jordy Mercer puts the Red Sox in the early hole as he doubles to left to score Josh Bell and give Washington a 1-0 lead.

3:34 p.m.: Chris Sale was dealing for the Red Sox in the bottom of the first against the Nationals. He fanned all three batters he faced.

3:31 p.m.: Santiago Espinal delivers an RBI as well to drive the Toronto lead up to 3-0, and the Orioles are making a pitching change. Blue Jays are feeling good.

3:26 p.m.: RBI single from Teoscar Hernandez scores Marcus Semien, and the Blue Jays are up 2-0 in the bottom of the first.

3:19 p.m.: Infield RBI single from Jack Mayfield puts the Angels up 2-0 over Seattle.

3:16 p.m.: George Springer gives the Blue Jays the early 1-0 lead with a leadoff home run.

3:12 p.m.: Mariners in some early trouble. Shohei Ohtani homers to give the Angels a 1-0 lead.

2:20 p.m.:  There’s a lot to unpack with the different scenarios in the AL wild card. Here’s what could happen: 

MLB playoff bracket 2021

MLB

As things stand today, here is how the MLB playoffs would shape up if the season ended today.

Most of the playoff field is locked up. The Rays, Astros and White Sox are locked in as the one through three seeds in the American League. The Brewers and Braves are the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in the National League, while the Cardinals will visit whichever NL West team doesn’t win the division.

Here’s a complete look at the playoff bracket, heading into the Oct. 3 matchups.

American League

1. Rays vs. 4. Red Sox/Yankees

2. Astros vs. 3. White Sox

National League

1. Giants vs. 4. Dodgers/Cardinals

2. Brewers vs. 3. Braves

MLB playoff schedule 2021

While the playoff field still has yet to be finalized, the schedule for when the games will take place has been set, barring any changes in a potential Game 163. Here’s how the playoff schedule is shaping up.

American League

Wild card

Date Game Start time TV channel
Tuesday, Oct. 5 XX @ XX TBD ESPN

Division Series

MLB Network and FS1 will carry all the ALDS games, until potential Game 5s, which would be broadcast exclusively on FS1.

Date Game Start time TV channel
Thursday, Oct. 7 TBD @ Rays, Game 1 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Thursday, Oct. 7 White Sox @ Astros, Game 1 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Friday, Oct. 8 TBD @ Rays, Game 2 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Friday, Oct. 8 White Sox @ Astros, Game 2 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Sunday, Oct. 10 Rays @ TBD, Game 3 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Sunday, Oct. 10 Astros @ White Sox, Game 3 TBD MLB Network/FS1
Monday, Oct. 11 Rays @ TBD, Game 4* TBD MLB Network/FS1
Monday, Oct. 11 Astros @ White Sox, Game 4* TBD MLB Network/FS1
Wednesday, Oct. 13 TBD @ Rays, Game 5* TBD FS1
Wednesday, Oct. 13 White Sox @ Astros, Game 5* TBD FS1

*If necessary

Championship Series

FOX and FS1 will split coverage of the ALCS.

Date Game Start time TV channel
Friday, Oct. 15 TBD @ TBD, Game 1 TBD FOX
Saturday, Oct. 16 TBD @ TBD, Game 2 TBD FOX
Monday, Oct. 18 TBD @ TBD, Game 3 TBD FOX/FS1
Tuesday, Oct. 19 TBD @ TBD, Game 4 TBD FS1
Wednesday, Oct. 20 TBD @ TBD, Game 5* TBD FS1
Friday, Oct. 22 TBD @ TBD, Game 6* TBD FS1
Saturday, Oct. 23 TBD @ TBD, Game 7* TBD FOX/FS1

*If necessary

National League

Wild card

Date Game Start time TV channel
Wednesday, Oct. 6 Cardinals @ XX TBD TBS

Division Series

TBS will handle the broadcast for all NLDS games in both series.

Date Game Start time TV channel
Friday, Oct. 8 TBD @ Dodgers/Giants, Game 1 TBD TBS
Friday, Oct. 8 Braves @ Brewers, Game 1 TBD TBS
Saturday, Oct. 9 TBD @ Dodgers/Giants, Game 2 TBD TBS
Saturday, Oct. 9 Braves @ Brewers, Game 2 TBD TBS
Monday, Oct. 11 Dodgers/Giants @ TBD, Game 3 TBD TBS
Monday, Oct. 11 Brewers @ Braves, Game 3 TBD TBS
Tuesday, Oct. 12 Dodgers/Giants @ TBD, Game 4* TBD TBS
Tuesday, Oct. 12 Brewers @ Braves, Game 4* TBD TBS
Thursday, Oct. 14 TBD @ Dodgers/Giants, Game 5* TBD TBS
Thursday, Oct. 14 Braves @ Brewers, Game 5* TBD TBS

*If necessary

Championship Series

TBS will continue its National League playoff coverage with coverage of every NLCS game.

Date Game Start time TV channel
Saturday, Oct. 16 TBD @ TBD, Game 1 TBD TBS
Sunday, Oct. 17 TBD @ TBD, Game 2 TBD TBS
Tuesday, Oct. 19 TBD @ TBD, Game 3 TBD TBS
Wednesday, Oct. 20 TBD @ TBD, Game 4 TBD TBS
Thursday, Oct. 21 TBD @ TBD, Game 5* TBD TBS
Saturday, Oct. 23 TBD @ TBD, Game 6* TBD TBS
Sunday, Oct. 24 TBD @ TBD, Game 7* TBD TBS

*If necessary

World Series schedule

Every World Series game will be on FOX.

Date Game Start time TV channel
Tuesday, Oct. 26 TBD @ TBD, Game 1 TBD FOX
Wednesday, Oct. 27 TBD @ TBD, Game 2 TBD FOX
Friday, Oct. 29 TBD @ TBD, Game 3 TBD FOX
Saturday, Oct. 30 TBD @ TBD, Game 4 TBD FOX
Sunday, Oct. 31 TBD @ TBD, Game 5* TBD FOX
Tuesday, Nov. 2 TBD @ TBD, Game 6* TBD FOX
Wednesday, Nov. 3 TBD @ TBD, Game 7* TBD FOX

*If necessary





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