Week 2 of the 2021 MLB regular season starts today with a loaded lineup of nationally televised games. ESPN and ESPN+ will be the home of this week’s national games, with various regional sports networks providing the local broadcasts. Fans will be back in attendance throughout the league; however, cord cutters can find out how to watch all of this week’s national MLB games below.
The Games – Start Times and Channel
Monday, April 5
|Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers||1:10 p.m. ET||ESPN, Bally Sports North, & Bally Sports Detroit|
|Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians||4:10 p.m. ET||ESPN, Bally Sports Kansas City, & Bally Sports Ohio|
|Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox||7:10 p.m. ET||ESPN, Bally Sports Sun, & NESN|
|Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs||7:40 p.m. ET||ESPN+, Bally Sports Wisconsin, & MSN|
|Chicago White Sox at Seattle Mariners||10:10 p.m. ET||ESPN, NBC Sports Chicago, & ROOT Sports Northwest|
The reigning and defending American League champions Tampa Bay Rays will travel to Fenway Park to take on division rivals the Boston Red Sox. The Rays have started the season on a good note with a 2-1 record; however, the Red Sox are winless and will be looking for an upset under the bright lights on ESPN.
Tuesday, April 6
|New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies||7:05 p.m. ET||ESPN, SportsNet New York, & NBC Sports Philadelphia|
|Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox||7:10 p.m. ET||ESPN+, Fox Sports Sun, & NESN|
After having their opening games against the Nationals postponed, the New York Mets will make their season debut against division rivals the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets will be looking to start the season with a win on their quest to the World Series.
Wednesday, April 7
|New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies||4:05 p.m. ET||ESPN+, Sportsnet New York, & NBC Sports Philadelphia|
At 4;05 p.m. ET, streamers can watch a rematch of Tuesday’s game when the Phillies host the Mets for a second day in a row on ESPN+.
Thursday, April 8
|Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates||1:35 p.m. ET||ESPN+, Marquee Sports Network, & AT&T SportsNet-Pittsburgh|
ESPN+ will be the national home of a National League Central division matchup between the Pirates and Cubs. The Cubs were victorious when these two clubs met in Chicago on Sunday by a score of 4-3.
Friday, April 9
|Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros||8:10 p.m. ET||ESPN+, NBC Sports California, & AT&T SportsNet Southwest|
The American League West will have two teams on display on ESPN+ when the Astros welcome the Athletics. Since it’s early in the season, both teams will be looking for wins to stay in the mix in the division
Saturday, April 10
|San Diego Padres at Texas Rangers||7:05 p.m. ET||ESPN+, Bally Sports San Diego, & Bally Sports Southwest|
In a possible World Series preview, the National League and American League will come head-to-head when the Padres travel to take on the Rangers. Since the Rangers have welcomed back fans in their new ballpark, they will be looking to play inspired baseball all season.
Where to watch MLB games
With a full schedule of MLB games across the country, fans have plenty of choices when it comes to watching each game from the opening pitch to the final at bat.
MLB.tv: Fans can watch live games from their favorite out-of-market teams with one of the packages provided by MLB.tv. Upon signing up, fans will get a 7-day free trial for the service. For $109.99/yr. fans can watch all the games from an out-of-market team with Single Team. Catch every game from every out-of-market team for only $24.99/mo. with Monthly. For the best value, stream every out-of-market team via the All Team package for only $129.99/yr.
ESPN+: Watch select MLB games throughout the season on ESPN+ for $5.99 per month, or save over 15% with an ESPN+ Annual Plan at $59.99 per year.
Subscribers to live TV streaming services can check out our chart below to see if your service will be streaming today’s games.
|Channel||AT&T TV (*Starts at $85/mo.)||fuboTV (*Starts at $64.99/mo.)||Hulu + Live TV (*Starts $64.99/mo.)||Sling TV (*Starts at $35/mo.)||Youtube TV (*Starts at $64.99/mo.)|
|*NBC Sports Regional Networks||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Bally Sports Regional Networks||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|AT&T SportsNet Regional Networks||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Root Sports Northwest||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Sportsnet New York||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Marquee Sports Network||Yes||No||No||No||No|
*Due to the MLB’s blackout restrictions, local fans may have to watch some games on regional sports networks as coverage varies based on location.