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Mets vs Nationals live stream: How to watch the 2021 MLB Opening Day online

Mets vs Nationals live stream
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Mets vs Nationals start time, TV channel

The Mets vs Nationals live stream is scheduled to start at 7:09 p.m. ET / 4:09 p.m. PT today (Thursday April 1). It will be on ESPN.

The Mets vs Nationals live stream is here and there are a lot of good arms between these squads. In total we’ve got five Cy Young awards between these starting pitchers, so the line-ups will have their hands full keeping pace in this MLB live stream. The pitching matchup alone is well worth the primetime placement. Jacob deGrom takes on Max Scherzer. 

The Mets ace was again masterful last season, with a 2.38 ERA and finished third in the Cy Young voting despite winning just 4 games. For Scherzer, he’d like to forget much of 2020. The three-time Cy Young award winner struggled by his standards, posting an ERA north of 3.00 for the first time in his six seasons in Washington.   

As for the bats, the Mets added one of the biggest this offseason when they traded for Francisco Lindor. During his six seasons in Cleveland, Lindor hit .285 with an on-base percentage of .346 while averaging 29 home runs per 162 games. He also put two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards in his trophy case as the AL’s top hitting shortstop.

The Nationals are led by one of the best and youngest in the game, Juan Soto. The 22-year-old was dominant from the dish last season. He led the majors in batting average (.351), on-base percentage (.490), and slugging percentage (.695). All that while hitting 13 homers.

The Mets start the season as 1.5 run favorites. The over/under is 7 runs. 

How to avoid Mets vs Nationals blackouts with a VPN

OK, somehow you're travelling right now, or you've been hit by a dreaded local blackout -- and you can't watch Mets vs Nationals. Live streams are still possible in your neck of the woods, with a virtual private network, or VPN, you can appear to be surfing the web from your home town (or somewhere that blackouts won't hit), and access the same streaming services you already paid for. 

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Mets vs Nationals live streams in the US

In the U.S. the Mets vs Nationals game starts at 7:09 p.m. ET / 4:09 p.m. PT on Thursday April 1st. The game is on ESPN, RSN and SNY, so your top choices are Sling TV and Fubo TV (the former has ESPN, and the latter has all three). Trying to work around regional limitations that may apply? Express VPN is a great way to skirt blackouts. 

MLB.TV ($25 per month/$129 per year), is also streaming out of market games, 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.

One of the best options for watching nationally-broadcast MLB action is the Sling TV Blue + Orange package, which costs $45 as getting only one half ($30 per month) will have you losing out on some of the major networks: ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports and TBS. For another $10 per month, you can get the MLB Network tacked on, along with ESPNEWS, NBA TV, the NHL Network, and more. Local FOX and NBC affiliates are included.View Deal

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Mets vs Nationals live streams in the UK

BT Sport has the rights to MLB action in the UK through 2022, including this game at ... 12:09 a.m. GMT. Those visiting the UK and striking out, while trying to use the service they pay for — can check out Express VPN.

Alternatively, another bet is MLB.TV, also available in the UK. It's approximately £50 a month, with zero blackout rules.

Mets vs Nationals live streams in Canada

In Canada, you'll need TSN to see Mets vs Nationals, as it's on TSN 1 at 7:09 p.m. ET. 

If you're thinking of subscribing to MLB.TV, though, recognize that the Blue Jays will be subject to blackouts. If you're visiting Canada from abroad, you can use the streaming services you already pay for with a VPN, such as Express VPN.

Marc Farzetta

Marc is a contributing sportswriter at Tom’s Guide covering the NFL, NBA and MLB as well as various other leagues. He is a graduate of Temple University where he studied Broadcasting and Journalism. Marc’s previous stops include the Trenton Times and NBC Sports Philadelphia. He also worked on the production crew of NBC Sunday Night Football for 11 seasons. When not working, Marc is probably sipping his next espresso to get him ready for more work.