The Dodgers vs Astros game is set to start at 8:10 p.m. CT local time / 9:10 p.m. ET / 6:10 p.m. PT today (July 28). Coverage begins on FS1 at the top of the hour.
Tomorrow (July 29), the second game of the series airs on ESPN at 6:10 p.m. CT / 7:10 p.m. Eastern.
It's almost time for the Dodgers vs Astros live stream and it's the most interesting game of the 2020 MLB season so far, seeing the fractious 2017 World Series rivals resume play. This game is possible thanks to the regionally-based MLB 2020 schedule, and it gives Los Angeles a chance for retribution, over two nights.
Hopefully, we won't see the Dodgers intentionally throwing at Astros players to get some semblance of revenge, though many are still thinking about how Houston cheated their way to win the 2017 World Series over LA. We're talking about a big win to give LA some reason to be happy during an overall scary moment in Major League Baseball.
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That being said, back in February (before the COVID-19 outbreak that radically changed the MLB season and life as we know it), Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling did say he'd intentionally throw at Astros players. That being said, the ramifications of such behavior would be crippling, as severe suspensions could likely be doled out (a much higher punishment than Astros were given) for such actions.
But about tonight's game. LA has an advantage going in, as its bullpen is fully rested thanks to having Monday off, and the Dodgers are not as lucky, coming off a four game series against Seattle. Hopefully, the Dodgers bats wake up, as they lost their last two games agains the Giants, where they scored 5 runs in total (following a pair of wins against SF).
The Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler will start the game for LA in his season debut. How will he handle the pressure of replacing Clayton Kershaw as the team's ace? Buehler's 3.26 ERA and 14-4 record from last season looks good on paper against the 'stros Framber Valdez, whose work in relief last season gave him a 4-7 record with a 5.86 ERA.
This game is being conducted in an empty arena, with digital fans provided by Fox Sports in the stands, as a part of the rules surrounding public events as the country continues to fight COVID-19. Similarly, the game is also being performed in the shadow of an outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who started the week with the announcement of more than a dozen players and staff testing positive for the coronavirus. This announcement cancelled games around the league, but MLB commish Rob Manfred has put up a positive face, saying that the league has protocols in place for the season to continue.
Here's everything you need to watch Dodgers vs Astros live streams tonight:
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Dodgers vs Astros live streams in the US
In the U.S. the Dodgers vs Astros live streams live streams are nationally available on Fox Sports 1, with regional pickup from Spectrum SportsNet Los Angeles and AT&T SportsNet Southwest. The game begins at 8:10 CT local time / 9:10 ET / 6:10 p.m. PT, but coverage begins at the top of the hour. The second game of the series airs tomorrow (July 29) on ESPN.
MLB.TV ($25 per month/$60 per year), is also streaming the game, but if you want more than just baseball, it's not a complete solution. T-Mobile customers get free MLB.TV, along with a free subscription to the sports site The Athletic.
FS1 is on one of the best streaming services, in the Sling TV Blue package, one of the most affordable ways to cut the cord. ESPN is in Sling TV Orange, so you will want Sling Orange + Blue for the whole series.
Dodgers vs Astros live streams in the UK
Folks in the UK will tune into BT Sport to watch Dodgers vs Astros, which has the rights to MLB action in the UK through 2021. The game is going to be broadcast on the BT Sports ESPN channel.
Don't have BT on your current package? You can get it directly with the £25 Monthly Pass (opens in new tab).
And if BT Sport’s monthly prices are still too high for you, remember that MLB.TV is also available in the UK. It's approximately £50 a month, with zero blackout rules.
Dodgers vs Astros live streams in Canada
Considering Dodgers vs Astros is on SportsNet in the U.S., we thought it would be on that channel in Canada as well, but alas they're not listing it online.
Your best bet, then, is to get MLB.TV in Canada, though the Blue Jays will be subject to blackouts.