October 28, 2020
MLB playoffs 2020: Cubs vs. Marlins, Dodgers vs. Brewers and how to watch today without cable

MLB playoffs 2020: Cubs vs. Marlins, Dodgers vs. Brewers and how to watch today without cable


The shortened, 60-game regular season got rid of less than half of Major League Baseball‘s 30 teams. The expanded playoffs will see 16 teams play October baseball this year. Both the first and second place finishers in each of baseball’s six divisions qualified for the postseason, along with two Wild Card teams from each league. 

The top four teams in each league will host the other four playoff teams in a best-of-three game series for the Wild Card round. Baseball will move to a bubble format for the remainder of the playoffs with games played at neutral sites. American League teams will play in Los Angeles and San Diego; National League teams will play in Houston and Arlington, Texas. The World Series will be played in Arlington at Globe Life Park, the new home of the Texas Rangers.

After two days and twelve games of the postseason, three teams have advanced past the Wild Card round and three teams have been sent home. The Yankees, Astros and Rays are all moving on, while the Indians, Twins and Blue Jays are all out. Five games are on tap for today.

Wild Card games on Thursday, Oct. 1

  • Reds at Braves, Game 2 at 12 p.m. ET (9 a.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Marlins at Cubs, Game 2 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on ABC
  • White Sox at A’s, Game 3 at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Cardinals at Padres, Game 2 at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Brewers at Dodgers, Game 2 at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on ESPN

Read on for details on how you can watch today’s games along with the rest of the 2020 MLB playoffs without cable.

MLB postseason

Corey Seager homered for the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of the Wild Card series against the Milwaukee Brewers. 


Robert Beck/MLB Photos via Getty Images

What are the Wild Card matchups?

In recent years, only five teams from each league qualified for the playoffs. This year, eight teams from each league are playing past the regular season.

American League

  • (1) Tampa Bay Rays vs. (8) Toronto Blue Jays (Rays won series 2-0)
  • (2) Oakland Athletics vs. (7) Chicago White Sox (series tied 1-1)
  • (3) Minnesota Twins vs. (6) Houston Astros (Astros won series 2-0)
  • (4) Cleveland Indians vs. (5) New York Yankees (Yankees won series 2-0)

National League

  • (1) Los Angeles Dodgers vs. (8) Milwaukee Brewers (Dodgers lead series 1-0)
  • (2) Atlanta Braves vs. (7) Cincinnati Reds (Braves lead series 1-0)
  • (3) Chicago Cubs vs. (6) Miami Marlins (Marlins lead series 1-0)
  • (4) San Diego Padres vs. (5) St. Louis Cardinals (Cardinals lead series 1-0)

What channels do I need to watch the MLB playoffs?

The Wild Card round games will be shown on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and TBS. The Division Series will be on FS1, TBS and MLB Network. The ALCS will be on TBS, and the NLCS will be on Fox and FS1. The World Series will be broadcast on Fox.

What’s the schedule for the rest of the Wild Card round?

Game times and the TV broadcast schedule have been announced through the Wild Card round that ends Friday. Here’s the schedule for tomorrow:

Friday, Oct. 2

  • Marlins at Cubs, Game 3* at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on ABC
  • Reds at Braves, Game 3* at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Brewers at Dodgers, Game 3* at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT) on ESPN
  • Cardinals at Padres, Game 3* at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on ESPN

*If necessary.

If you’re looking ahead, here are the key dates for the MLB postseason:

  • Monday, Oct. 5: ALDS begins
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6: NLDS begins
  • Sunday, Oct. 11: ALCS begins
  • Monday, Oct. 12: NLCS begins
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20: World Series begins

How can I watch the MLB playoffs without cable?

You don’t need cable or satellite TV to watch the MLB postseason. Most or all of the channels that show playoff games are offered on the major live TV streaming services, and all of them offer Fox for the World Series. Not every service carries your local Fox station, however, so check the links below to make sure it’s available in your area.

If you just want to watch the Wild Card games on ABC, or the World Series on Fox, you can do so with an over-the-air digital antenna. We have a few cheap suggestions for the best indoor antennas.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes all seven channels for postseason baseball. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.

Read our YouTube TV review.

AT&T TV Now’s basic $55-a-month Plus package includes all of the postseason baseball channels except MLB Network, which is part of the $110-per-month Choice package. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.

Read our AT&T TV Now review.

Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes all of the postseason baseball channels except MLB Network. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.

Read our Hulu with Live TV review.

FuboTV costs $65 a month and includes all of the postseason baseball channels except TBS. Click here to see which local channels you get.

Read our FuboTV review.

Sling does not offer ABC and offers Fox only in a handful of areas. Otherwise its $45-a-month Blue/Orange package includes all the postseason baseball channels except for MLB Network. To get MLB Network, you must spring for the $10-a-month Sports Extra add-on.

Read our Sling TV review.

Other ways to watch baseball online

MLB.TV 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 are a subscriber to one of the pay TV providers listed, the MLB.TV Postseason Package will run you $25. To sweeten the deal, the Postseason Package includes spring training games next year. 

Another option if you’re a cable subscriber is using the Fox Sports Go app. Unlike the MLB.com At Bat, you can watch the World Series for free — well, for no more than you’re already paying for cable. The Fox Sports Go app works with iOS devices, Android devices and the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as with Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku and Xbox. You can also access Fox Sports Go from a computer.

You can use the free Watch TBS app or TBS.com to watch the ALDS and ALCS but you’ll need to prove you pay for cable. The TBS app works with the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku platforms.

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