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The AL Wild Card play-in game has only been around for four years, but it has already become one of the more exciting parts of the postseason. The win-or-go-home nature of the game makes it a pressure packed event, especially when you consider the entire 162-game season comes down to this one matchup for two teams. Simply put, this play-in game on Tuesday, October 3 on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET between the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees is one baseball fans can’t afford to miss.
If you made the decision to cut cable, this would be a tough game to miss. Luckily, there are several options that will allow you to watch the AL Wild Card game online on ESPN via a live stream — legally and without cable. Below, I’ve put together a summary of your options and you should read through them to decide which service will be the best for you this October!
Use Sling TV to Watch the AL Wild Card Game Online Live
If you are interested in watching the AL Wild Card game online, Sling TV will be a great option. It is a subscription service, kind of like Netflix and Hulu, that gives users access to live streams of popular cable channels normally only accessible with a cable package. It has over 20 channels in it Orange package including ESPN, AMC, TNT. The AL Wild Card Game will be aired on ESPN, which means Sling TV will be offering a live stream of the game. It can be watched either on your computer, tablet, or phone via an internet connection or directly on your TV if you use a connected device, including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and more. For all these channels, the package only starts at $20 per month and requires no contract. Check out our Sling TV review for more details.
Sling TV has an ongoing free 7-day trial available for anyone who is interested in its service. This means you could sign up for the trial before the AL Wild Card game and watch it for free.
Sling TV is currently offering a limited-time offer for those who want to watch the MLB Playoffs online. You receive a free Roku 2 or half off the Roku 3 player if you pay in advance for three months of the service. At the end of the three months, either Roku device would have paid for itself, so it’s a pretty great deal. Both of the Roku devices let you connect your Sling TV (and more than 2,000 other streaming channels, like Netflix) to your television, so you can watch the MLB playoffs online directly on your TV. Click here for more info about this limited-time deal.
PlayStation Vue Offers Another Way to Watch AL Wild Card Game Live Stream
PlayStation Vue is another live streaming service that’s similar to Sling TV. Like Sling TV, Vue offers bundles of popular pay TV channels for less money than cable TV and with no contract required. Vue is available on a variety of devices, including PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, Roku, Chromecast, and Fire TV (no Apple TV availability).
There are some differences you should know about before signing up for Vue for the AL Wild Card Game live stream. First, Vue is more expensive than Sling TV, starting at $29.99 to $39.99 a month depending on your local market. Additionally, there are restrictions on streaming live TV on your mobile devices away from your home network, so this can make it difficult to watch on the go.
Check out our PlayStation Vue review for more info.
Watch a Replay Of The AL Wild Card Game through MLB.TV’s Discounted Premium Offering
MLB announced it will be discounting its MLB.TV premium service for the rest of the year. It is now just $9.99 for the service for the rest of the season, which will let you watch all playoff games on demand online and limited live game coverage with a cable TV login. During the playoffs, MLB.TV will have the games blacked out due to certain regulations. But, it becomes a viable option when you consider it will post the full replay of each game to watch on-demand. The replay becomes available 90 minutes after the completion of each game and can be viewed any time. There are a wide array of other features including access to MLB’s At Bat app and to a ton of highlights and replays of all the games. If you are not able to watch the games live or do not mind watching replays, this would be a great option for you considering the price.
2017 AL Wild Card Game TV Schedule
Date: Wednesday, October 3
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Teams: Twins vs Yankees
TV/Streams: ESPN (Sling TV)
Check out our complete guide to watching the MLB Playoffs online for more helpful info.
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