The Kansas City Royals should probably win this game.
The reigning AL champs dropped a 5-2 matchup to the Houston Astros in a rain-delayed Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday afternoon. Now, this is not necessarily a death sentence after just one game – but it could be after two.
The Astros are rolling, on both sides of the ball, dominating on the mound and racking up home runs like they’re hitting singles up the middle. Oh, and one other thing. Dallas Keuchel, he of the 15-0 record and 1.46 ERA at home, is slated to pitch for Houston when they return to Minute Maid Park this weekend.
In other words, the Kansas City Royals should probably win this game. But how?
It starts on the mound with Johnny Cueto who is looking to put behind a terrible middle-of-the-season performance that saw him post a 9.57 ERA over a five-start stretch from August 21 to September 13. If Cueto can keep the Astros bats on a tight leash, he gives Kansas City’s offense its own chance to make something happen and, just maybe, jump out to an early lead.
Scott Kazmir is slated to start for the Astros.
First pitch for Game 2 is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports 1 with Matt Vasgersian on play-by-play alongside John Smoltz and A.J. Pierzynski and reporter Jon Morosi. Here’s how to watch the game online and on mobile as well:
How to Watch Astros-Royals Online
If you have access to a cable subscription, you can watch the game online for free through Fox Sports GO. You’ll need the log-in and password for a cable subscription — either yours or someone else’s — to access the stream. Frequently asked questions about Fox Sports GO can be found here.
MLB is also offering different ways to watch online. Postseason.TV costs $9.99 for the entire playoffs and allows users to watch live alternative video feeds (different from the regular TV broadcast and with no announcers) of the game. MLB.tv also costs $9.99 for the playoffs, and it allows users who are able to authenticate a cable subscription with a log-in and password to watch the live broadcast online.
International users can watch every postseason game live online through MLB.tv for $24.99. No cable subscription is necessary.
How to Watch Astros-Royals on Mobile
Mobile users can watch the game on the Fox Sports GO app, which is free to download for your Apple device, your Android or Google device, your Amazon device, and your Windows device. As is the case with the desktop live stream, you’ll need a cable log-in and password to access the stream on the app.
Users with a subscription to Postseason.TV or MLB.tv can watch the game live on the MLB.com At Bat app, which is free to download from the Apple store, the Google Play store or the Amazon app store. You can also see in-game video highlights, batting, pitching and fielding statistics.