Rays vs. Guardians Livestream: How to Watch the Wild Card Series Without Cable

Baseball’s 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 three division winners plus three wildcard teams in each league. Postseason play begins on Friday with the wild card round. Each wildcard streak is now the best of three instead of the previous one-game affair where winner takes all.

The first is the Tampa Bay Rays, who play the Cleveland Guardians in one of the American League’s two wildcard series. Games will be played on Friday, Saturday and (if required) Sunday at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. Game 1 begins today at 12:07 p.m. ET (11:07 p.m. CT, 9:07 p.m. PT) on ESPN.

So you can watch baseball’s postseason from the wild card round through the World Series wirelessly.

Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Guardians

Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Guardians will host the Tampa Bay Rays in the best-of-three AL wild card round.

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The Guardians won the AL Central but ended up behind the other two division winners – the Astros in the NL West and the Yankees in the AL East – so they need to play in the first round rather than rest on a bye. They compete as the 3rd seed against the Rays, who as the 6th seed are the last team to qualify for the American League playoffs. The winner of this best-of-three contest goes on to play the Yankees in the next round.

Here is the schedule for the Rays Guardians series. All games will be played in Cleveland.

  • Game 1: Friday at 12:07 p.m. ET (9:07 a.m. ET) on ESPN
  • Game 2: Saturday at 12:07 p.m. ET (9:07 p.m. PT) on ESPN2
  • Game 3: Sunday at 4:07 p.m. ET (1:07 p.m. PT) on ESPN (if necessary)

Click here for the full off-season schedule.

All wild card games take place on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. Looking ahead, the next two rounds in the National League (NLDS and NLCS) will be played on Fox and FS1, while the ALDS and ALCS will be played on TBS. The World Series, which begins October 28, will be broadcast on Fox.

Three of the big five live TV streaming services offer all the channels you need to watch every postseason game, but not every service broadcasts every local network, so check each one using the links below to make sure ABC and Fox will transfer your territory.

If you live in an area with good reception, you can watch a wild card game or two on ABC and the World Series on Fox for free on wireless broadcast channels simply by attaching an affordable (under $30) indoor antenna to almost any TV.

YouTube TV costs $65 per month and includes ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC for the wildcard rounds, and Fox, FS1, and TBS for future rounds. Enter your zip code 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 per month and includes ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC, plus Fox, FS1, and TBS for future rounds. On the welcome page, click the “View Channels Near You” link to see what local channels are available in your zip code. Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

FuboTV’s family plan costs $70 per month and includes ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC for the wild card round-robin games. It also includes Fox and FS1 for the NLDS, NLCS and World Series, but does not provide TBS for ALDS and ALCS. Click here to see which local channels you get. Read our FuboTV review.

All of the live TV streaming services above offer free trials, can be canceled at any time, and require a solid internet connection. Are you looking for more information? Check out ours Live TV Streaming Services Guide.

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