What Time & TV Channel Is the Cubs vs. Cardinals Game on Tonight?

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The Chicago Cubs‘ first World Series title defense in 108 years begins Sunday night in St. Louis against the Cardinals, who are looking to bounce back from last year’s “disappointing” 86-win season and first missed posteason in six years.

Both of these NL Central squads have World Series aspirations this year, and it should be an entertaining start to the 2017 campaign.

Here’s a look at everything you need to know to watch:

Cubs vs. Cardinals Viewing Info

Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN or Sling TV (USA)

Pitching Matchup

The Cubs will turn the ball over to Jon Lester, who put together a dominant year in 2016, finishing 19-5 with a career-best 2.44 ERA and 1.016 WHIP with 197 strikeouts in 202.2 innings. He ranked second in the majors in ERA behind teammate Kyle Hendricks and fifth in WHIP.

Lester was near unhittable against the Cardinals last year, giving up 11 hits, three walks and two earned runs while striking out 21 across 20.2 innings, good for a 0.87 ERA and 0.677 WHIP. In one of two September starts against them, he went eight shutout innings, striking out eight and giving up just three hits and one walk.

CHC@STL: Lester dominates in win vs. CardinalsJon Lester allows three hits in eight scoreless innings to go with eight strikeouts, but also fields his position well and picks up an RBI Check out http://m.mlb.com/video for our full archive of videos, and subscribe on YouTube for the best, exclusive MLB content: http://youtube.com/MLB About MLB.com: Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced on January 19, 2000, that the 30 Major League club owners voted unanimously to centralize all of Baseball's internet operations into an independent technology company. Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) was formed and charged with developing, building and managing the most comprehensive baseball experience available on the internet. In August 2002, MLB.com streamed the first-ever live, full length MLB game when the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees faced off at Yankee Stadium. Since that time, millions of baseball fans around the world have subscribed to MLB.TV, the live video streaming product that airs every game in HD to nearly 400 different devices. MLB.com also provides an array of mobile apps for fans to choose from, including At Bat, the highest-grossing iOS sports app of all-time. MLB.com features a stable of club beat reporters and award-winning national columnists, the largest contingent of baseball reporters under one roof, who deliver over 100 original articles every day. MLB.com also offers extensive historical information and footage, online ticket sales, official baseball merchandise, authenticated memorabilia and collectibles and fantasy games. Major League Baseball consists of 30 teams split between the American and National Leagues. The American League, originally founded in 1901, consists of the following teams: Baltimore Orioles; Boston Red Sox; Chicago White Sox; Cleveland Indians; Detroit Tigers; Houston Astros; Kansas City Royals; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Minnesota Twins; New York Yankees; Oakland Athletics; Seattle Mariners; Tampa Bay Rays; Texas Rangers; and Toronto Blue Jays. The National League, originally founded in 1876, consists of the following teams: Arizona Diamondbacks; Atlanta Braves; Chicago Cubs; Cincinnati Reds; Colorado Rockies; Los Angeles Dodgers; Miami Marlins; Milwaukee Brewers; New York Mets; Philadelphia Phillies; Pittsburgh Pirates; San Diego Padres; San Francisco Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; and Washington Nationals. Visit MLB.com: http://mlb.mlb.com Subscribe to MLB.TV: mlb.tv Download MLB.com At Bat: http://mlb.mlb.com/mobile/atbat Download MLB.com Ballpark: http://mlb.mlb.com/mobile/ballpark Get tickets: http://mlb.mlb.com/tickets Official MLB Merchandise: http://mlb.mlb.com/shop Join the conversation! Twitter: http://twitter.com/mlb Facebook: http://facebook.com/mlb Instagram: http://instagram.com/mlb Google+: https://plus.google.com/+MLB Tumblr: http://drawntomlb.com/ Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/MLBAM2016-09-14T21:11:10.000Z

The Cardinals will counter with 25-year-old Carlos Martinez, who established himself as an ace with a second terrific year in a row in 2016, going 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.224 WHIP and an 8.0 K/9 ratio. Per FanGraphs, the hard-throwing righty was one of just three pitchers–along with Noah Syndergaard and Johnny Cueto–to have a ground-ball rate over 50 percent along with above-average strikeout and walk rates.

Martinez faced the Cubs five times last year, compiling a 4.80 ERA and 143 WHIP.