The baseball postseason is here and it has a new format this year. Instead of 10 teams in the playoffs, we now have a 12-team tournament: the winners of the three divisions plus three wildcard teams in each league. Postseason play begins on Friday with the wild card round. Each wild card series is now a best-of-three instead of the previous affair of a winner-takes-all game.
In the second of two American League wild card series, the Seattle Mariners will face the Toronto Blue Jays. Games will be played at Toronto’s Rogers Center on Friday, Saturday and (if necessary) Sunday. Game 1 begins today at 4:07 pm ET (1:07 pm PT) on ESPN.
This is how you can watch the baseball postseason, from the wild card round to the World Series, without cable.
The Blue Jays and Mariners were wild-card teams, but since Toronto had the better regular-season record, they host the series. The winner of this best-of-three contest will face the top-seeded Houston Astros in the next round.
Here is the schedule for the Mariners-Blue Jays series. All games will be played in Toronto.
- Game 1: Friday at 4:07 p.m. ET (1:07 p.m. ET) on ESPN
- Game 2: Saturday at 4:07 p.m. ET (1:07 p.m. PT) on ESPN
- Game 3: Sunday at 2:07 p.m. ET (11:07 a.m. PT) on ABC (if necessary)
Click here for the full postseason schedule.
All wild card games will be on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. Looking ahead, the next two rounds in the National League (NLDS and NLCS) will be on Fox and FS1, while the ALDS and ALCS will be on TBS. The World Series, which begins on October 28, will air on Fox.
Three of the top five live TV streaming services have all the channels you need to watch every postseason game, but not every service has every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure. that ABC and Fox broadcast in your area.
If you live in an area with good reception, then you can catch a Wild Card game or two on ABC and the World Series on Fox for free on over-the-air broadcast channels simply by hooking up an affordable (less than $30) indoor antenna to almost any TV.
YouTube TV is $65 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for wild card round games along with Fox, FS1 and TBS for future rounds. Enter your zip code on your 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 rounds. Click the “View Channels in Your Area” link on your welcome page to see what local channels are offered in your zip code. Read our review of Hulu with Live TV.
FuboTV’s family plan costs $70 per month and includes ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC for wild card 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 what local channels you receive. Read our FuboTV review.
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