Watch 2021 MLB games with no blackouts with a VPN

Päivitetty: 15. huhtikuuta 2021
Watch 2021 MLB games with no blackouts with a VPN

Stream MLB games on MLB.tv 

Price: 130 USD/year or 110 USD for one team

The easiest way to watch every MLB game is with an MLB.TV subscription. MLB.TV is available globally, so as long as you connect to a VPN server location where games are not being broadcast, you can avoid MLB blackouts. The service comes with a seven-day free trial if you select the all-teams pass.

To stream MLB live on MLB.TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location where games are not being aired.
  3. Head to MLB.TV and sign up for the free trial.
  4. Batter up!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

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Bypass MLB.TV blackouts to stream all baseball games

While MLB.TV is great, you still have to worry about blackouts.That’s because regional markets have sole broadcasting rights, so some games may not be available online in your area until 48 hours after a game is televised.

The secret to avoiding MLB blackouts? Connect to a VPN server location where games are not being aired. If you’re in Boston, for example, and Red Sox games are being broadcast on TV, they might not be available for live streaming. Connect to a VPN server location in another city or country.

Watch MLB games on YouTube TV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: ESPN, ESPN 2, TBS, Fox, FS1, and MLB Network

YouTube and MLB are expanding their partnership and will bring live streams to YouTube TV. YouTube TV offers all of the channels that cover MLB games, with subscriptions at 65 USD/month. If you don’t feel like committing to YouTube TV, use the five-day free trial.

To watch MLB games on YouTube TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Visit YouTube TV and sign up. You may need to submit a U.S. postal code (e.g., 10022, 48104, etc.)
  4. Stream the games live!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the YouTube TV app (on Android and iOS).

Learn more about watching YouTube TV with ExpressVPN.

Stream MLB games live on Hulu + Live TV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: ESPN, ESPN 2, TBS, Fox, and FS1

Hulu offers all of the channels carrying MLB games but not the MLB Network. A seven-day free trial is available.

To watch MLB games on Hulu + Live TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Visit Hulu and subscribe.
  4. Stream the games live!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the Hulu app (on Android or iOS).

Learn more about watching Hulu with ExpressVPN.

Stream MLB games live on Sling TV

Price: 25 USD/month and up

Channels: ESPN, ESPN 2, TBS, Fox, FS1, and MLB Network

Sling TV includes all channels that carry MLB games, such as MLB Network, ESPN, ESPN 2, TBS, Fox, and FS1. To get all of these channels, you’ll need to get Sling Orange as well as Sling Blue. Use the “Sports Extra” add-on for Sling TV in order to watch MLB Network for an extra 10 USD/month.

A three-day free trial is available. You will need a U.S. card or PayPal in order to subscribe.

To watch MLB on Sling TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as San Francisco. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Head to Sling TV and use the free trial for Sling Orange & Blue.
  4. Tune in to the games!

Note: In order to get Sling TV’s free trial you must use the Sling TV app as opposed to signing up on the website

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the Sling TV app (on Android and iOS).

Learn more about watching Sling TV with ExpressVPN.

Watch MLB games with the At Bat app

New subscribers to MLB.TV also receive a free subscription to MLB’s At Bat streaming app, available on both Android and iOS devices. You can also subscribe to the app without MLB.TV for 3 USD/month.

The app lets you access the MLB.TV Free Game of the Day plus in-game highlights. To access the app:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Download the MLB At Bat app on your Android or iOS device.
  4. Stream the games live!

Stream MLB games on Amazon Prime Video

Price: 25 USD/month

You can also watch live MLB games on Prime Video this year. There’s a 30-day free trial available.

To watch MLB games on Amazon Prime:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Go to Amazon Prime Video and use the free trial.
  4. You’re all set!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the Amazon Prime Video app on your Android or iOS device.

Learn more about watching Amazon Prime Video with ExpressVPN.

Watch MLB games live on Sky Sports

Price: 22 GBP/month and up

Channels: Sky Sports Today

Living in the UK? Sky Sports is your best bet for catching live streams of the games. However, specialized equipment is required. You will also need to provide a valid postal code and a UK/Ireland credit or debit card.

To watch MLB games on Sky Sports:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the UK.
  3. Head to Sky Go and log in.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the Sky Go app on your Android or iOS device.

Learn more about watching Sky with ExpressVPN.

Top series this week

Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Apr 12-14)

The NL Central will be fascinating to watch all year as four teams are legitimately in contention, but no one is good enough to run away with the division. The Brewers should be the favorite in this series, but the Cubs haven’t been totally strip-mined of talent despite losing Yu Darvish, and their lineup is still a threat. As a bonus, this series features a great power vs. finesse matchup in Brandon Woodruff vs. Kyle Hendricks on Tuesday.

Minnesota Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels (Apr 16-18)

Both of these clubs have better position players than pitchers, which should make for a fun series. In terms of raw watchability it’s tough to beat the Angels thanks to the combination of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, but the Twins are no slouches either due to the presence of the ageless Nelson Cruz and the surging Byron Buxton in their lineup.

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres (Apr 16-18)

This is the division duel that will capture the league’s attention all season long. The Dodgers and Padres are likely the two best teams in the majors and the fact they’ll go head-to-head nearly 20 times this year will be a treat for the baseball world. The only thing to dampen the excitement around this series is the absence of Fernando Tatis Jr.

MLB Awards predictions

AL MVP – Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels

This award is always Trout’s to lose until someone else can prove they’re having a truly outstanding season. J.D. Martinez and Byron Buxton have been the most dangerous hitters in the American League so far, but Trout isn’t far behind. He also offers a great deal on the bases and plays a premium position well. Not only that, but the Angels look poised to have some rare team success that could bolster their superstar’s case.

(Preseason Prediction: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels)

NL MVP – Ronald Acuna Jr., CF, Atlanta Braves

No player has looked more dynamic than Acuna Jr. in the early going, thanks to his combination of power, speed, and defensive ability. Not only is he producing raw numbers, he’s also creating eye-popping highlights — like when he beat out a routine ground ball against the Philadelphia Phillies that wouldn’t have been a single for anyone else.

(Preseason Prediction: Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves)

AL Cy Young – Tyler Glasnow, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

It’s difficult to get a sense of who could win this award based on a couple of starts, but Glasnow has looked borderline unhittable. The big right-hander always had a power fastball and high-spin curve, but this year he’s added a slider to his repertoire that’s made him borderline unfair. The Rays may have traded Blake Snell in the offseason, but they have to feel good about the front end of their rotation thanks to Glasnow.

(Preseason Prediction: Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians)

NL Cy Young – Jacob deGrom, SP, New York Mets

Although Joe Musgrove deserves mention for throwing the first no-hitter in Padres’ history, he’s unlikely to be an ace worthy of this award. Not only has deGrom excelled out of the gate, he was the odds-on favorite to win his third Cy Young in four years entering the season. Well into his thirties, deGrom keeps gaining velocity on his feared heater.

(Preseason Prediction: Yu Darvish, San Diego Padres)

AL Rookie of the Year – Yermin Mercedes, C/DH, Chicago White Sox

Going 5-for-5 on Opening Day was a pretty good indication that Mercedes had arrived, and he’s been raking for the White Sox out of the DH spot. Although he hasn’t offered any defensive value, his bat has been downright special. He’s already locked down the number five spot in an excellent lineup and looks like he has a path to this award similar to Yordan Álvarez’s win in 2019.

(Preseason Prediction: Luis Patiño, SP, Tampa Bay Rays)

NL Rookie of the Year – Jazz Chisholm, 2B/SS, Miami Marlins

Rarely does a rookie come into the majors with Chisholm’s combination of speed, athleticism, power, and plate discipline. The 23-year-old has some strikeout issues that could haunt him as pitchers adjust to his approach, but he’s off to a good start and is working from an extremely compelling collection of tools.

(Preseason Prediction: Sixto Sánchez, SP, Miami Marlins)

AL Manager of the Year – Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Angels

This award often goes to a manager who’s able to take a team with modest expectations to the playoffs, and the Angels strike a nice balance between having enough holes to be doubted but enough talent to make a push if things break their way — which is what they’re doing so far. The saga of Mike Trout’s inability to reach the postseason despite his Herculean efforts is well-documented, and if Maddon is able to end the drought, he’ll get heaps of credit.

(Preseason Prediction: Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Angels)

NL Manager of the Year – Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers

The NL Central looks like it’s going to be a dogfight all year, and whoever comes out on top should get plenty of shine. Counsell also has the benefit of entering the season as a highly-respected skipper who’s finished in the top-seven of Manager of the Year voting in four straight seasons, including second-place finishes in 2018 and 2019.

(Preseason Prediction: Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers)

Who’s going to win the World Series

The Los Angeles Dodgers were the best team in baseball for years before finally breaking through in the postseason in 2020. While they’re an excellent bet to repeat. They’ll have a tough road because of the threat posed by the San Diego Padres. The Padres are rising thanks to the additions of Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, and Joe Musgrove at the top of their rotation.

Both New York teams should be World Series contenders this season, and a ‘subway series’ like we had in 2000 isn’t out of the question. The Yankees retain their terrifying lineup, as well as a rotation headed by Gerrit Cole and filled out by interesting bounce-back candidates like Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon. The Mets, meanwhile, made a huge splash in the offseason by trading for Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco and signing the rotation duo of Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker.

Outside of the heavyweights, some interesting up-and-coming teams include the Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays. Each of these clubs has its own blemishes, but they are all packed with young talent capable of overperforming projections.

Here are the top 10 contenders according to FanGraphs’ championship probability:

TeamChampionship Probability
Los Angeles Dodgers19.9%
New York Yankees18.1%
San Diego Padres10.0% 
New York Mets9.7%
Houston Astros9.5%
Minnesota Twins6.4%
Chicago White Sox4.2%
Atlanta Braves3.9%
Los Angeles Angels3.8%
Boston Red Sox2.7%

Key dates for the 2021 regular season

While some playoff details are still being ironed out, the 162-game regular season, and its milestones are all on the calendar.

Event Date
Opening DayApril 1
Jackie Robinson DayApril 15
Lou Gehrig DayJune 2
MLB DraftJuly 11-13
MLB All-Star GameJuly 13
Hall of Fame InductionsJuly 25
Trade DeadlineJuly 31
Last Regular Season GameOctober 3

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