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MLB playoffs 2021: How to watch, stream Braves vs. Dodgers, Red Sox vs. Astros today

Two playoff baseball games are on the docket for Tuesday, and you don't need cable to watch.

A doubleheader of playoff games awaits baseball fans Tuesday, with both the AL and NL Championship Series set to play today. Leading off will be Game 3 of the NLCS between the Dodgers and the Braves. Los Angeles heads home trying to stave off falling into a 3-0 hole after losing the first two games in Atlanta. First pitch is set for 5:08 p.m. ET (2:08 p.m. PT) on TBS.  

Powered by a pair of grand slams, the Boston Red Sox outslugged the Houston Astros in Game 2, then on Monday night opened up a 2-1 series lead thanks to yet another grand slam. Tonight Boston will look to continue their march towards another World Series, with Game 4 from Fenway Park set for at 8:08 p.m. ET (5:08 p.m. PT) on FS1. 

Here's how you can watch the NLCS, the ALCS and the rest of MLB's postseason without cable.

MLB postseason

Rafael Devers and Enrique Hernandez have been powering the Red Sox past the Astros in the ALCS. Game 4 is set for Tuesday night on FS1. 

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What's the schedule for the championship round?

Starting Monday, the Red Sox and Astros play three straight days at Fenway. The Dodgers and Braves play three straight days from Chavez Ravine starting Tuesday. The 2021 World Series starts on Tuesday, Oct. 26. 

Here's the schedule for the next few days:

Tuesday, Oct. 19

  • NLCS Game 3: Braves vs. Dodgers, 5:08 p.m. ET (2:08 p.m. PT) on TBS
  • ALCS Game 4: Astros vs. Red Sox, 8:08 p.m. ET (5:08 p.m. PT) on FS1

Wednesday, Oct. 20

  • ALCS Game 5: Astros vs. Red Sox, 5:08 p.m. ET (2:08 p.m. PT) on FS1
  • NLCS Game 4: Braves vs. Dodgers, 8:08 p.m. ET (5:08 p.m. PT) on TBS

Thursday, Oct. 21

  • NLCS Game 5 (if necessary): Braves vs. Dodgers, 8:08 p.m. ET (8:08 p.m. PT) on TBS

You can see the full MLB postseason schedule here.

What does the playoff bracket look like? 

The Red Sox and Astros are the last two teams standing in the American League, while the Braves and the Dodgers represent the National League.

Here's what baseball's playoff bracket looks like so far:

mlb-postseason-bracket
MLB

What channels do I need to watch the MLB playoffs?

All of the National League playoff games are on TBS, and the American League games are on Fox and FS1. The World Series will be broadcast on Fox.

How can I watch the MLB playoffs without cable?

Four of the five major live TV streaming services offer the three channels -- Fox, FS1 and TBS -- needed for the rest of the playoffs. You won't miss a game with YouTube TV, Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV or DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV), but not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries Fox in your area.

If you live in an area with good reception, then you can watch some American League playoff games and World Series on Fox for free on over-the-air broadcast channels just by attaching an affordable (under $30) indoor antenna to nearly any TV.

Sling TV's $35-a-month Blue plan includes Fox, FS1 and TBS. You can see which local channels you get here.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and offers the three channels for postseason baseball. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.

Hulu with Live TV costs $65 a month and carries Fox, FS1 and TBS. Click the "View all channels in your area" link at the bottom of its welcome page to see which local networks are available where you live.

DirecTV Stream's cheapest, $70-a-month Plus package includes Fox, FS1 and TBS. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available in your area. 

FuboTV costs $65 per month and carries Fox and FS1 for the American League playoff games and the World Series, but not TBS for the National League games. Check out which local networks it offers here.

Each live TV streaming service offers a free trial, allows you to cancel anytime and requires a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our live TV streaming services guide.