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MLB playoff schedule 2019: Dates, times, TV channels for postseason bracket

MLB playoff schedule 2019: Dates, times, TV channels for postseason bracket

After a wild Major League Baseball season that included a record-setting number of home runs, the regular season has finally come to a close. With October baseball upon us, there are only 10 teams left standing who all hope to raise the Commissioner's Trophy when all is said and done. 

The A's won 97 games and will be playing in the AL Wild Card Game for the second straight season. After losing the do-or-die game to the Yankees last year, Bob Melvin's club will host the Rays on Wednesday at the Oakland Coliseum. The Astros, Yankees and Twins round out the American League field as division winners.

In the National League, the Giants, despite a red-hot July stretch that put them briefly in playoff contention, struggled down the stretch and finished 77-85 in Bruce Bochy's final year as manager. The rival Dodgers won the NL West for the seventh straight season as they hope to end a thirty-year World Series drought. The Cardinals and Braves won the NL Central and NL East, respectively, while the Brewers and Nationals will play in the NL Wild Card Game.

Here is the entire playoff bracket:

NL WILD CARD GAME: Brewers vs. Nationals
Tuesday, Oct. 1: 5:08 p.m. PT at Washington (TV: TBS)

AL WILD CARD GAME: Rays vs. A's
Wednesday, Oct. 2: 5:09 p.m. PT at Oakland (TV: ESPN)

NL DIVISION SERIES: BREWERS-NATIONALS WINNER VS. DODGERS
Game 1: Thursday, Oct. 3, 5:37 p.m. PT, at Los Angeles (TV: TBS)
Game 2: Friday, Oct. 4, 6:37 p.m. PT at Los Angeles (TV: TBS)
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 6, time TBD, at Milwaukee/Washington (TV: TBS)
Game 4: Monday, Oct. 7, time TBD, at Milwaukee/Washington (TV: TBS -- if necessary)
Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 9, time TBD, at Los Angeles (TV: TBS -- if necessary)

NL DIVISION SERIES: CARDINALS VS. BRAVES
Game 1: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2:02 p.m. PT, at Atlanta (TV: TBS)
Game 2: Friday, Oct. 4, 1:37 p.m. PT, at Atlanta (TV: TBS)
Game 3: Sunday, Oct. 6, time TBD, at St. Louis (TV: TBS)
Game 4: Monday, Oct. 7, time TBD, at St. Louis (TV: TBS -- if necessary)
Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 9, time TBD, at Atlanta (TV: TBS -- if necessary)

AL DIVISION SERIES: A'S-RAYS WINNER VS. ASTROS
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 4, 11:05 a.m. PT, at Houston (TV: FS1)
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 5, 6:07 p.m. PT, at Houston (TV: FS1)
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 7, time TBD, at Oakland or Tampa Bay (TV: FS1)
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 8, time TBD, at Oakland or Tampa Bay (TV: FS1 -- if necessary)
Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 10, time TBD, at Houston (TV: FS1 -- if necessary)

AL DIVISION SERIES: TWINS VS. YANKEES
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 4, 4:07 p.m. PT, at New York (TV: FS1)
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2:07 p.m. PT, at New York (TV: FS1)
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 7, time TBD, at Minnesota (TV: FS1)
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 8, time TBD, at Minnesota (TV: FS1 -- if necessary)
Game 5: Thursday, Oct. 10, time TBD, at New York (TV: FS1 -- if necessary)

NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Game 1: NL Lower Seed at NL Higher Seed on Friday, Oct. 11, time TBD
Game 2: NL Lower Seed at NL Higher Seed on Saturday, Oct. 12, time TBD
Game 3: NL Higher Seed at NL Lower Seed on Monday, Oct. 14, time TBD
Game 4: NL Higher Seed at NL Lower Seed on Tuesday, Oct. 15, time TBD
Game 5: NL Higher Seed at NL Lower Seed on Wednesday, Oct. 16, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: NL Lower Seed at NL Higher Seed on Friday, Oct. 18, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: NL Lower Seed at NL Higher Seed on Saturday, Oct. 19, time TBD (if necessary)

AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Game 1: AL Lower Seed at AL Higher Seed on Saturday, Oct. 12, time TBD
Game 2: AL Lower Seed at AL Higher Seed on Sunday, Oct. 13, time TBD
Game 3: AL Higher Seed at AL Lower Seed on Tuesday, Oct. 15, time TBD
Game 4: AL Higher Seed at AL Lower Seed on Wednesday, Oct. 16, time TBD
Game 5: AL Higher Seed at AL Lower Seed on Thursday, Oct. 17, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: AL Lower Seed at AL Higher Seed on Saturday, Oct. 19, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: AL Lower Seed at AL Higher Seed on Sunday, Oct. 20, time TBD (if necessary)

WORLD SERIES
Game 1: Lower Seed at Higher Seed on Tuesday, Oct. 22, time TBD
Game 2: Lower Seed at Higher Seed on Wednesday, Oct. 23, time TBD
Game 3: Higher Seed at Lower Seed on Friday, Oct. 25, time TBD
Game 4: Higher Seed at Lower Seed on Saturday, Oct. 26, time TBD
Game 5: Higher Seed at Lower Seed on Sunday, Oct. 27, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Lower Seed at Higher Seed on Tuesday, Oct. 29, time TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Lower Seed at Higher Seed on Wednesday, Oct. 30, time TBD (if necessary)

How wild title run cemented 2012 Giants legacy in Bruce Bochy's eyes

How wild title run cemented 2012 Giants legacy in Bruce Bochy's eyes

When retiring Giants manager Bruce Bochy looks back on his career, his second World Series title still is hard to wrap his head around. 

The Giants faced elimination six times in the 2012 playoffs, falling into a two-games-to-none hole in the NLDS and a three-games-to-one deficit in the NLCS. San Francisco needed to win on the road in five of those six games. 

Bochy's club did just that, and he thinks it was more than enough to cement their legacy. 

"[2012] still blows me away," Bochy told Amy Gutierrez in an interview that will air in an hourlong "Toast to Boch" on NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday night. "It really should make this team one of the greatest postseason teams of all time." 

The Giants won three straight games at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati after falling behind two-games-to-none to the Reds in the NLDS, and then won two more at Busch Stadium in St. Louis while facing a three-games-to-none series deficit in the NLCS against the Cardinals. San Francisco hung by a thread early in Game 5 of the NLCS when oft-criticized lefty Barry Zito took the mound. 

What Zito did next left Bochy with a lasting memory. 

"But the Barry Zito game, that's probably what stands out with me more than anything," Bochy said. "... [Bases] loaded the first inning and nobody out. I've got the bullpen, double-barrel going down there. Next thing you know, he's in the seventh or eighth inning, shut 'em out. We won, and the momentum had just changed.

"What we did that year -- it still is mind-boggling. Those things don't happen, especially on the road how we had to do it."

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Bochy and the Giants had a much easier time in the World Series itself. San Francisco won Game 1 against the Detroit Tigers behind another strong start from Zito, and the Giants would not trail until Game 4 of their eventual sweep to clinch their second championship in three seasons. The road that got them there, however, is what Bochy will remember. 

"Toast to Boch" airs Saturday, Sept. 28 on NBC Sports Bay Area at 5 p.m., following the conclusion of "Giants Postgame Live."

Giants vs. Cardinals lineups: Mauricio Dubon returns to second base

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Giants vs. Cardinals lineups: Mauricio Dubon returns to second base

The Giants look to split their four-game road series Thursday when they face the Cardinals in St. Louis. 

San Francisco dropped its first two games at Busch Stadium but bounced back for a 9-8 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday. Manager Bruce Bochy is making a few changes to the lineup for the matinee, however. 

Bochy is going with four straight left-handed hitters against Cardinals right-hander Dakota Hudson, including newcomer Corban Joseph at third base. At the bottom of the order, rookie Mauricio Dubon is back at second base. 

Dubon hit his first career MLB homer Tuesday against the Cardinals. Through five games with the Giants, Dubon is 4-for-16 with a double and a homer.

Here are how the lineups look to shape up as the Cardinals host the Giants. You can follow the action on NBC Sports Bay Area or by downloading and streaming on the MyTeams app

San Francisco Giants (67-72)

LF Mike Yastrzemski
3B Corban Joseph
1B Brandon Belt
C Stephen Vogt
CF Kevin Pillar
SS Brandon Crawford
RF Jaylin Davis
2B Mauricio Dubon
RHP Logan Webb (1-0, 3.52 ERA)

St. Louis Cardinals (78-61)

RF Tommy Edman
2B Kolten Wong
1B Paul Goldschmidt
LF Marcell Ozuna
SS Paul DeJong
C Yadier Molina
3B Matt Carpenter
CF Randy Arozarena
RHP Dakota Hudson (14-6, 3.56 ERA)