How to watch 2019 MLB World Series Game 7 in Australia
The Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals come head to head for the 2019 edition of the MLB World Series.
The 2019 Major League Baseball World Series is shaping up to be an interesting affair. The Astros won the ALCS this weekend, defeating the Yankees in Game 6. They will face the Washington Nationals, who conquered the Cardinals in the NLCS.
In Australia, the World Series is broadcast on ESPN, so there are plenty of ways to tune in.
When is the MLB World Series?
The World Series is the annual championship series of MLB, contested ever since 1903. The event sees the American League champion and the National League champion coming head to head for the coveted Commissioner's Trophy. The winner will be decided through a best-of-seven play-off.
In 2019, the World Series is scheduled to start on 23 October (AEDT). Here's the complete schedule of Astros vs Nationals games. All times are in AEDT:
Game 1: Nationals at Astros, Wednesday 23 October, 11:08am
Game 2: Nationals at Astros, Thursday 24 October, 11:07am
Game 3: Astros at Nationals, Saturday 26 October, 11:07am
Game 4: Astros at Nationals, Sunday 27 October, 11:07am
Game 5: Astros at Nationals, Monday 28 October, 11:07am
Game 6: Nationals at Astros, Wednesday 30 October, 11:07am
Game 7: Nationals at Astros, Thursday 31 October, 11:08am
Note: As this is a best-of-seven play-off, Games 5 to 7 will only take place if necessary.
History of Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals
The Nationals are coming into the World Series well-rested, as their latest game was on 15 October. They finished second in the National League East but won a wild card. They then went past the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Wild Card Game and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series.
Finally, they beat the St. Louis Cardinals in four games in the National League Championship Series. This will be the first World Series appearance for a Washington, D.C. team since 1933.
Meanwhile, The Astros finished the 2019 regular season with the best record in baseball and won the American League West. They went on to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series and the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. This will be the team's third World Series appearance and second in three years. The Astros are heavily favoured to win this time around.
MLB World Series rosters
Here are the current Houston Astros and Washington Nationals team rosters for 2019 ahead of the World Series:
Pitchers: Bryan Abreu, Gerrit Cole, Zack Greinke, Will Harris, Josh James, Roberto Osuna, Brad Peacock, Ryan Pressly, Hector Rondon, Joe Smith, Jose Urquidy, Justin Verlander
Catchers: Robinson Chirinos, Martin Maldonado
Infielders: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Aledmys Diaz, Yuli Gurriel
Outfielders: Michael Brantley, Jake Marisnick, Josh Reddick, George Springer, Kyle Tucker
Designated hitter: Yordan Alvarez
Pitchers: Patrick Corbin, Sean Doolittle, Roenis Elias, Javy Guerra, Daniel Hudson, Tanner Rainey, Fernando Rodney, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Austin Voth
Catchers: Yan Gomes, Kurt Suzuki
Infielders: Matt Adams, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brian Dozier, Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Ryan Zimmerman
Outfielders: Adam Eaton, Gerardo Parra, Victor Robles, Juan Soto, Michael A. Taylor
How to watch MLB World Series
In Australia, the 2019 MLB World Series is broadcast by ESPN. Baseball fans have plenty of ways to tune in, either via pay TV or streaming. Here's a quick rundown of all your options:
Option 1: Stream the MLB World Series with Kayo Sports
The most convenient way to watch the 2019 MLB World Series is with Kayo Sports. The multi-sport streaming platform will offer all games live, with replays also available. A Basic subscription costs $25/month and lets you stream on two screens at the same time. Or, you can get a Premium subscription for $35/month, which supports three simultaneous streams.
Besides a generous library of content with over 50 sports, Kayo Sports boasts a user-friendly interface and comes with features that are meant to make sports streaming a breeze. You can use SplitView to watch up to four videos at once on the same screen or dive into a fascinating world of statistics via Interactive Stats.
Key Moments lets you go right to the action that matters in selected match-ups and No Spoilers lets you hide the scores when you're running late. If you're short on time, you can tune in for a Kayo Mini, which is a condensed version of a game and delivers all the highlights in 20 minutes or less.
As for device compatibility, Kayo Sports is available via web or you can download the app to your smartphone/tablet and watch on the go. The platform also works on Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast and Telstra TV. Read our Kayo Sports review for more information on everything the service has to offer.
Option 2: Watch/stream the MLB World Series with Foxtel
ESPN is part of the Foxtel IQ Sport channel pack. You can watch on TV or stream the games with Foxtel GO or WatchESPN. Both apps are available free with your Foxtel IQ subscription.
Besides 13 channels of sports content, subscribers also get the IQ4, the telco's most advanced set-top box. You can record live TV and enjoy content in crisp 4K. Not to worry, Foxtel IQ deals are always available, so you can save big on fees or installation costs.
Alternatively, you can also stream the 2019 MLB World Series with Foxtel Now. ESPN is part of the premium Sport pack, priced at $29/month. This is on top of the Essentials pack, which comes with a mix of Pop and Lifestyle channels for $25/month.
Foxtel Now is available on PCs/Macs and smartphones/tablets via the Foxtel GO app, as well as Chromecast/Airplay, PS4, Telstra TV, Sony Android TVs and the Foxtel Now box. New subscribers can enjoy a 10-day free trial.
Option 3: Stream the MLB World Series with MLB.TV
MLB.TV delivers all the baseball goodness Aussie fans crave via the Internet, including coverage of the World Series. You can get a Postseason subscription for US$24.99. The service is compatible with a variety of devices, including PCs/Macs, smartphones/tablets, Apple TV, XBOX One, select smart TVs and Chromecast.
Option 4: Watch the MLB World Series with Fetch TV
ESPN is available on Fetch TV as well, as part of the Vibe channel pack. The channel pack costs only $6/month. However, the total price of your subscription will depend on whether you bought your Fetch box outright or got it through an Internet provider.
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