Rafael Devers celebrated after his two-run homer in the top of the ninth gave the Red Sox a 7-5 lead.
WASHINGTON — Little went smoothly on the road traveled by the 2021 Red Sox through 161 games. The last scheduled contest of the regular season seemed no time to alter that path. As was so often the case, the Red Sox remained unyielding on the final day of the 2021 regular season, completing a zigzagging path to October in memorable fashion.
Down 2-0 through three innings and 5-1 through five while largely overwhelmed by Nationals rookie righthander Yoan Adon in his big league debut, the Sox did not capitulate. Instead, they resolutely chiseled at the granite block of a four-run deficit.
The 2021 Major League Baseball postseason is here, and the 10-field team was set on Sunday. This year's playoffs mark a return to some sense of normalcy for the sport. Gone are the neutral sites, the fanless games, and the 16-team format; the concepts of home-field advantage and sellouts are back, and so is the 10-team field. For a reminder on how the rounds typically work, here's a quick refresher:
The Yankees and Red Sox clinched the final two spots in the playoff field on Sunday, fending off the Blue Jays and Mariners and denying fans the chaos of a Game 163 tiebreaker on Monday. The Giants also clinched the NL West on the regular season's final day, sending the Dodgers to the NL Wild Card Game in the process.
So what does the MLB playoff bracket look like? Below you'll find the schedule and the results for all the rounds as they play out, beginning with the Wild Card Game, extending through the League Division and Championship Series, and concluding with -- what else -- the 2021 World Series.
Yankees at Red sox (AL)
Weds., Oct 6
Cardinals at Dodgers (NL)
League Division Series (best-of-five) DATE SERIES/GAME MATCHUP START TIME (ET) TV Thurs., Oct. 7