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What channel is Cardinals vs. Dodgers on today? Time, TV schedule for the 2021 NL wild-card game

The two teams in the NL wild card could not have arrived in the postseason any differently. 

The Dodgers entered the season as preseason World Series favorites as reigning champions, and with a stacked team. They found themselves trailing the Giants in the NL West standings most of the season, and were confirmed for the wild card game on game 162, when the Giants clinched the division. They enter the postseason with the second-most wins in baseball at 106.

The Cardinals, on the other hand, seemed to be out of the postseason picture. On Sept. 7, Fangraphs gave them a 2.8 percent chance of reaching the playoffs. Then the Cardinals won 17 straight games and wound up running away with the second wild card spot.

MORE: 2021 MLB playoff bracket

These teams do have one thing in common: old starting pitchers. The Cardinals are starting 40-year-old veteran Adam Wainwright, who finished his first full season by closing the series-clinching games in the 2006 World Series. He has had a major resurgence over the past two seasons, as he had a 3.15 ERA in 2020 and a 3.05 ERA in 2021, the first two seasons he has had full season ERAs below 4.00 since 2014.

Los Angeles will turn to 37-year-old Max Scherzer, who has made himself a Cy Young front-runner since he was acquired midseason from the Nationals. He has a 2.46 ERA in 179.1 innings this season, including a 1.98 mark in 68.1 innings since he joined the Dodgers.

What channel is Cardinals vs. Dodgers on today?

  • TV channel: TBS
  • Live stream: TBS App

TBS will begin its coverage of the National League playoffs with the NL wild card game. Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Jeff Francoeur and Lauren Shehadi will be on the call for the game. Those looking to stream it can find the game on the TBS app.

In Canada, all postseason games are available on Sportsnet and SN1.

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Cardinals vs. Dodgers start time

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 6
  • First pitch: 8:10 p.m. ET | 5:10 p.m. PT

First pitch for Cardinals vs. Dodgers is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 6.

MLB playoff schedule 2021

National League

Wild card

Date Game Start time TV channel
Wednesday, Oct. 6 Cardinals @ Dodgers 8:10 p.m. 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 @ Giants, Game 1 TBD TBS
Friday, Oct. 8 Braves @ Brewers, Game 1 TBD TBS
Saturday, Oct. 9 TBD @ Giants, Game 2 TBD TBS
Saturday, Oct. 9 Braves @ Brewers, Game 2 TBD TBS
Monday, Oct. 11 Giants @ TBD, Game 3 TBD TBS
Monday, Oct. 11 Brewers @ Braves, Game 3 TBD TBS
Tuesday, Oct. 12 Giants @ TBD, Game 4* TBD TBS
Tuesday, Oct. 12 Brewers @ Braves, Game 4* TBD TBS
Thursday, Oct. 14 TBD @ 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

American League

Wild card

Date Game Start time TV channel
Tuesday, Oct. 5 Yankees @ Red Sox 8:08 p.m. 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

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