After the Rays homered their way past the A’s in the AL Wild Card game, the matchups for the two American League Division Series (ALDS) are set. The Tampa Bay Rays play the league-leading Houston Astros, and Minnesota Twins go up against the New York Yankees.
The best-of-five American League Division Series (ALDS) begins tonight, Friday Oct. 4, and the Twins/Yankees Game 1 starts at 7:07 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Yes, you’ll need MLB Network to watch the game live.
The best way for cord cutters to get MLB Network is with a MLB postseason., namely YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue or Sling TV. Here’s what cord cutters need to know to watch the ALDS and the rest of the
The American League division and Wild Card winners are:
After knocking out the As, the Rays head to Houston to play the Astros in one division series, and the Twins and Yanks face off in the other division series.
The National League division and Wild Card winners are:
What’s the postseason schedule look like?
Here’s the schedule for the best-of-five ALDS (all times ET):
- Friday, Oct. 4: MIN at NYY Game 1, 7:07 p.m., MLB Network
- Saturday, Oct. 5: MIN at NYY Game 2, 5:07 p.m, FS1
- Saturday, Oct. 5: TB at HOU Game 2, 9:07 p.m., FS1
- Monday, Oct. 7: HOU at TB Game 3, MLB Network
- Monday, Oct. 7: NYY at MIN Game 3, FS1
- Tuesday, Oct. 8: HOU at TB Game 4 (if necessary), FS1
- Tuesday, Oct. 8: NYY at MIN Game 4 (if necessary), FS1
- Thursday, Oct. 10: TB at HOU Game 5 (if necessary), FS1
- Thursday, Oct. 10: MIN at NYY Game 5 (if necessary), FS1
The next round is the League Championship Series. The NLCS begins on Friday, Oct. 11. The ALCS begins on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The World Series begins Tuesday, Oct. 22. If it goes the distance, Game 7 of the World Series will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
How can I watch on TV?
The MLB postseason is broadcast on Fox, FS1 and TBS. Two games of the ALDS, including tonight’s Twins/Yankees Game 1, will be shown on MLB Network.
Let’s look at it round by round:
The ALDS is on FS1 and MLB Network, and the NLDS is on TBS.
The ALCS is on Fox and FS1, and the NLCS is on TBS.
The World Series is on Fox.
How can I watch online?
Cord cutters can watch postseason baseball with a not every service carries every local network or the MLB Network. See below to find out which services carry Fox, FS1 and MLB Network to watch AL postseason games and the World Series., but
YouTube TV costs $50 a month and includes the five channels you need — Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS and MLB Network — to watch every postseason game. For Fox in your area, get the details about YouTube TV’s available networks here.
PlayStation Vue’s $50-a-month Access plan includes Fox, FS1, TBS and ESPN. The $55-a-month Core plan adds MLB Network. Plug in your zip code here to see if Fox is available in your area.
Hulu with Live TV costs $45 a month and includes Fox, FS1, TBS and ESPN, but not MLB Network. Click the “View all channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see if you get Fox where you live.
AT&T Now TV Now’s basic $50-a-month Plus package includes Fox, FS1, TBS and ESPN. Neither of its plans include MLB Network. Enter your zip code here to see if you can get Fox in your area.
FuboTV costs $55 a month and includes a live feed of Fox in dozens of markets, along with FS1 and TBS, but not ESPN or MLB Network.
Sling TV’s $25-a-month Blue or Orange package includes TBS, and the Orange package includes ESPN. Neither package includes Fox or FS1, but you can add the MLB Network for $10 a month with the Sports Extra add-on package. (Sling TV is currently discounted by 40% for the first month, and a free preview of MLB Network is available until Oct. 12.)
All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, allow you to cancel anytime and require a solid internet connection. Looking for more information? Check out our massive streaming services guide.
MLB.com At Bat app
The MLB.com At Bat app is great for watching out-of-market baseball games during the regular season, but it’s less useful for tuning into baseball’s postseason, because you must be a subscriber to a participating pay TV provider. The list is short and can be found here. If you’re a subscriber to one of the pay TV providers listed, the Postseason Package will run you $25. To sweeten the deal, the Postseason Package includes spring training games next year.
If you just want to watch the World Series on Fox, you can do so with an over-the-air digital antenna. We have suggestions for the best indoor antennas that start as low as $10.