MLB Playoff Schedule 2013: When and Where to Watch Entire Postseason

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2013

Sep 11, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) scores a run as  Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Brandon Workman (67) reacts after giving it up during the seventh inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB playoffs have arrived.

The crazy month got off to a hot start in the Wild Card Round when the Pittsburgh Pirates took down the Cincinnati Reds in front of their home crowd behind a strong showing from Francisco Liriano.

On the opposite side of things, the Tampa Bay Rays shut out the Cleveland Indians in a strong showing of pitching prowess from the staff as Tampa Bay won its third do-or-die contest in four days.

With that, the stage is set. Here is a breakdown of the action that is to come, followed by an entire table detailing when and where to catch the duration of the greatest sporting month of them all.

 

Note: All information and statistics are courtesy of MLB.com.

 

ALDS

September 20, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The ALDS is an intriguing slate of action to say the least. The Detroit Tigers are looking for redemption after being swept out of the World Series last year with relative ease. To begin the journey, Detroit is tasked with taking on an underrated Oakland A's club.

Both teams are World Series-ready thanks to an elite pitching staff led by Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez for Detroit and Bartolo Colon and Sonny Gray for Oakland.

As good as Oakland is, Detroit's triple-headed monster pitching rotation is going to cause some serious issues for Oakland all series long.

The other showdown occurs between two familiar AL East foes when Boston and Tampa Bay do the dance. Tampa Bay won the season series and is riding a wave of momentum as mentioned, but the Red Sox have the most explosive offense in baseball.

Boston is back in a big way after losing 93 games last year and scored the most runs of any team this season. Led by David Ortiz and his .309 average with 30 home runs and 103 RBI, Boston will cruise past Tampa Bay.

Prediction: Detroit, Boston advance

 

NLDS

The 1992 season marked the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates made it to the postseason, but the drought is over and now A.J. Burnett and Co. have a date with the NL's best team, the St. Louis Cardinals.

The season split was almost even between these two clubs, so expect a tight series down to the wire. Both know each other well, but at the end of the day it will be the Cardinals' pitching behind the arm of Adam Wainwright who will silence the bats of Andrew McCutchen and Co. while ending their Cinderella run.

Conversely, the other matchup in the NLDS holds little in the way of surprises. The Atlanta Braves boast an outstanding lineup of hitters consisting of Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman, Evan Gattis and Brian McCann (20 or more home runs each).

Interestingly enough, the Los Angeles Dodgers tout baseball's best pitcher in Clayton Kershaw, who won 16 games with his 1.83 ERA. 

Both teams have the propensity to get hot at any time, but look for the Braves to pull off the upset courtesy of a respectable pitching staff and an explosive lineup.

Prediction: St. Louis, Atlanta advance

 

Here is the full 2013 MLB playoff schedule:

ameMatchupDateTime (ET)TVStreaming
Game 1Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis CardinalsThu, Oct 35 p.m.TBSPostseason.TVTBS.com 
Game 2Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis CardinalsFri, Oct 41 p.m.MLBNPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 3St. Louis Cardinals @ Pittsburgh PiratesSun, Oct 6TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 4*St. Louis Cardinals @ Pittsburgh PiratesMon, Oct 7TBDTBS or MLBN***Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 5*Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis CardinalsWed, Oct 9TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
NLDS A

 

GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TVStreaming
Game 1Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta BravesThu, Oct 38:30 p.m.TBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 2Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta BravesFri, Oct 46 p.m.TBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 3Atlanta Braves @ Los Angeles DodgersSun, Oct 6TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 4*Atlanta Braves @ Los Angeles DodgersMon, Oct 7TBDTBS or MLBN***Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 5*Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta BravesWed, Oct 9TBDTBS 
NLDS B

 

GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TVStreaming
Game 1Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red SoxFri, Oct 43 p.m.TBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 2Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red SoxSat, Oct 55:30 p.m.TBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 3Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay RaysMon, Oct 7TBDTBS or MLBN***Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 4*Boston Red SoxTampa Bay RaysTue, Oct 8TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 5*Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red SoxThu, Oct 10TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
ALDS A

 

GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TVStreaming
Game 1Detroit Tigers @ Oakland AthleticsFri, Oct 49:30 p.m.TBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 2Detroit Tigers @ Oakland AthleticsSat, Oct 59 p.m.TBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 3Oakland Athletics @ Detroit TigersMon, Oct 7TBDTBS or MLBN***Postseason.TVTBS.com
Game 4*Oakland Athletics @ Detroit TigersTue, Oct 8TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 5*Detroit Tigers @ Oakland AthleticsThu, Oct 10TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
ALDS B

 

GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TVStreaming
Game 1TBD @ TBDFri, Oct 11TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 2TBD @ TBDSat, Oct 12TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 3TBD @ TBDMon, Oct 14TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 4TBD @ TBDTue, Oct 15TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 5*TBD @ TBDWed, Oct 16TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 6*TBD @ TBDFri, Oct 18TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
Game 7*TBD @ TBDSat, Oct 19TBDTBSPostseason.TVTBS.com
NLCS

 

GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TVStreaming
Game 1TBD @ TBDSat, Oct 12TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 2TBD @ TBDSun, Oct 13TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 3TBD @ TBDTue, Oct 15TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 4TBD @ TBDWed, Oct 16TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 5*TBD @ TBDThu, Oct 17TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 6*TBD @ TBDSat, Oct 19TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 7*TBD @ TBDSun, Oct 20TBDFOXPostseason.TV 
ALCS

 

GameMatchupDateTime (ET)TVStreaming
Game 1NL Champion @ AL ChampionWed, Oct 23TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 2NL Champion @ AL ChampionThu, Oct 24TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 3AL Champion @ NL ChampionSat, Oct 26TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 4AL Champion @ NL ChampionSun, Oct 27TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 5*AL Champion @ NL ChampionMon, Oct 28TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 6*NL Champion @ AL ChampionWed, Oct 30TBDFOXPostseason.TV
Game 7*NL Champion @ AL ChampionThu, Oct 31TBDFOXPostseason.TV
World Series
* If necessary

*** "TBS will air three of the four Division Series games on Friday, October 4 and up to three games on Monday, October 7. MLB Network will air one Division Series game on both of those dates. TBS will air 18 of the 20 Division Series games" (via MLB.com).

 

Note: *Watch postseason baseball live on TBS.com or your mobile device.

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