Watch 2021 MLB games with no blackouts with a VPN

Bijgewerkt: 6 april 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!

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

Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels (Apr 5-6)

Although the Astros are the favorite to win the AL West, they’ve run into some injury issues and the Angels look like the biggest threat to dethrone them. Los Angeles is always worth watching thanks to the unmatched trio of Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shoehei Ohtani; it just remains to be seen whether the rest of the team is up to the task of reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals (Apr 8-11)

The NL Central is wide open, but these two clubs seem most likely to win the division crown — which may be essential to earning a playoff berth considering the wild card threats in the East and West. Both of these teams lost their opening series, and if they drop their second to a top division rival that could put them in a hole.

New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays (Apr 9-11)

Although the Yankees were projected to take the AL East handily, last year’s division winners can’t be counted out—and Tropicana Field is a miserable place to play for visitors. While the Blue Jays should be in the mix in the East, this series could set the tone for that race all season long.

MLB Awards predictions

AL MVP – Mike Trout, CF, Los Angeles Angels

MVP voting fatigue is a factor for someone who’s got three on his shelf. Trout is approaching his 30th birthday, and he’s coming off arguably the worst season of his career. None of that matters, though, because he’s the best player in the game by a wide margin — and one of the best ever. Even in 2020’s ‘down year’ he came fifth in MVP voting and posted a campaign the vast majority of players could never dream of. There’s nothing the Angels’ superstar can’t do, and it doesn’t make sense to pick anyone else to take home this award.

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

Like Trout, Acuna Jr. is a guy without any holes in his game. At the age of just 23, he still may not have reached his peak, and prior to the 2020 season he explicitly spoke about trying to be the first player in MLB history to hit 50 home runs and steal 50 bases in the same year. That goal may be too lofty for even his talents, but he should fill up the stat sheet for the Braves.

AL Cy Young – Shane Bieber, SP, Cleveland Indians

Picking a repeat is never any fun, but Bieber was head-and-shoulders above his American League competition in 2020. The right-hander appears to have reached a height his peers simply can’t match, especially when it comes to racking up K’s. Gerrit Cole probably has the best chance to dethrone him, but if Bieber recaptures his 2020 form, he’ll run away with this award.

NL Cy Young – Yu Darvish, SP, San Diego Padres

There’s an argument to be made for Darvish winning last season, but Trevor Bauer got the better of him with a flashy ERA. This season the 34-year-old Japanese ace—whose dizzying array of pitches make him one of the greatest strikeout artists of all time—has a good chance to win the award that’s eluded him in his eight-year MLB career. Moving from Chicago to San Diego should help goose his stats, as Petco Park has always been kind to pitchers.

AL Rookie of the Year – Luis Patiño, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

The biggest prize in the Blake Snell trade haul, Patiño has the ability to be a top-of-the-rotation arm for the Rays. In fact, it wouldn’t be shocking if he was better than Snell in year one. The 21-year-old has truly outstanding stuff, and he’s landed on a team that consistently gets the best out of its pitching staff. While the right-hander struggled in his initial taste of MLB action in 2020, he’s primed to take off in his first full season.

NL Rookie of the Year – Sixto Sánchez, SP, Miami Marlins

Last season Sánchez thrived with the Marlins in a seven-start cameo and looks to pick up where he left off. Although his strikeout rate wasn’t outstanding, Sánchez flashed a diverse five-pitch repertoire and truly elite velocity. While the Marlins won’t make many headlines as a team, Sánchez starts should be must-watch TV.

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. 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.

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.

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. Led by the magnetic Fernando Tatis Jr., they are poised to be the baseball world’s darlings in 2021.

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 Dodgers21.2%
New York Yankees15.1%
San Diego Padres12.4% 
New York Mets11.6%
Houston Astros9.3%
Minnesota Twins5.5%
Toronto Blue Jays4.9%
Atlanta Braves3.3%
Los Angeles Angels2.9%
Chicago White Sox2.4%

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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