With a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game, the Chicago Cubs got their first playoff win in 12 years. Their reward? A matchup with MLB’s best regular season team, the St. Louis Cardinals, in the NL Division Series.
Taking the bump for the Cubbies will be Jon Lester, who knows a thing or two about postseason success. The offseason signing and two-time World Series champ had a 3.34 ERA on the season, but he was markedly better against the division rival Cardinals, allowing just nine earned runs in 31.1 innings (2.59 ERA).
Opposing him will be John Lackey. The big righty has been tremendous for the 100-win Cardinals this season, going 13-10 with a 2.77 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. In three starts vs. the Cubs, he’s been nearly untouchable, allowing just three runs (1.25 ERA) and 19 hits in 21.2 frames.
The Cardinals won the head-to-head matchup with Chicago this season (11-8), although it’s worth noting the Cubs won seven of 10 in St. Louis.
First pitch is scheduled for Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on TBS. If you can’t get to a television, here’s how to watch online or on mobile:
Watch Cubs vs. Cardinals Game 1 Online
Users with a cable subscription can watch the game live online at TBS.com. You’ll need a cable log-in and password, or the log-in and password of someone you know, to access the stream.
Users without a cable subscription have a variety of ways to watch online. The first is Sling TV, which is an online streaming service that provides access to a handful of channels (including TBS and ESPN) for a monthly fee. They offer a free seven-day trial.
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 TBS 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.
Watch Cubs vs. Cardinals Game 1 on Mobile
Users with a cable subscription can watch the game live on the Watch TBS app, which is free to download from the Apple store, the Google Play store or the Amazon app store. As is the case with desktop, you’ll need a cable log-in and password, or the log-in and password of someone you know, to access the stream.