Baseball’s postseason has a new three-game wildcard format, and the wildest Game 1 on Friday ended with a six-run ninth inning by Philadelphia, powering the Phillies to a stunning comeback victory against the Cardinals. In today’s Game 2 contest, St. Louis faces shutout in what could be the final game for future Hall of Famers Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina. The Phillies are sending ace Aaron Nola to the mound, and he will be opposite Miles Mikolas. Game 2 starts today at 7:37 p.m. CT (8:37 p.m. ET) on ESPN2.
Here’s how to watch baseball’s postseason, from the Wild Card round to the World Series, without cable.
What is the schedule for the Phillies-Cardinals series?
The Cardinals won the NL Central but finished behind the other two division winners — the Dodgers in the NL West and the Braves in the NL East — so they must play in the first round instead of resting on a bye. They entered as a No. 3 seed against the Phillies, who are the No. 6 seed as the last team to make the playoffs in the National League.
Here’s the schedule for the Cards-Phillies series. All games will be played at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
- Game 1: Phillies 6, Cardinals 3 (Philadelphia up, 1-0)
- Game 2: Saturday at 7:37 p.m. CT (8:37 p.m. ET) on ESPN2
- Game 3: Sunday at 7:37 p.m. CT (8:37 p.m. ET) on ESPN (if necessary)
Click here for the full postseason schedule.
What channels do I need to watch the MLB playoffs?
All Wild Card games will be on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. Looking ahead, the next two rounds in the National League (the NLDS and NLCS) will be on Fox and FS1, while the ALDS and ALCS will be on TBS. The World Series, which begins Oct. 28, will be on Fox.
How can I watch the MLB playoffs without cable?
Three of the five major live TV services carry all the channels you need to watch every postseason game, but not every service carries every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure they carry ABC and Fox in your area your.
If you live in an area with good reception, then you can watch a Wild Card game or two on ABC and the World Series on Fox for free on over-the-air broadcast channels by simply connecting an affordable indoor antenna (under $30) to your nearly any television.
YouTube TV costs $65 per month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for the Wild Card games along with Fox, FS1 and TBS for future rounds. Plug in your postcode on the welcome page to see what local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.
Hulu with live TV is $70 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC along with Fox, FS1 and TBS for future cycles. Click the “View channels in your area” link on the welcome page to see what local channels are offered in your postcode. Read our Hulu with Live TV review.
FuboTV’s family plan costs $70 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for the Wild Card round games. It also includes Fox and FS1 for the NLDS, NLCS and World Series, but does not offer TBS for the ALDS and ALCS. Click here to see which local channels you receive. Read our review on FuboTV.
All of the above live TV streaming services offer free trials, allow you to cancel at any time, and require a stable internet connection. Looking for more information? Take a look at ours.