The Phillies are back in action this weekend after the All-Star break, but good luck trying to find the games on TV.
Two of the Phillies’ next three games against the Chicago Cubs will not be broadcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia, and they will not be carried by national networks such as ESPN or Fox. They will only be available on Apple TV+ and Peacock, streaming services which have signed deals with MLB this season to broadcast games exclusively.
It also means bars and restaurants in Philadelphia won’t be broadcasting much about the Phillies this weekend unless they have smart TVs. something owners and patrons have complained about on social media during the team’s first Peacock game last month on Father’s Day.
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If you want to save yourself the hassle, you can just listen to 94.1 WIP, in which Scott Frantzke and Larry Andersen call all three games of Citizens Bank Park. But if you want to catch all the action, here’s everything you need to know about how to watch or stream this weekend’s Phillies games:
First up is tonight’s game against the Cubs, which will be streamed on Apple TV+ as part of the tech giant’s new Friday Night Baseball lineup, which includes two exclusive games each week. The game is free to watch but you need to set up an Apple TV+ account and either download the app or watch it on their website (Apple TV+ app is not available on Andriod phones).
The game will be helmed by play-by-play announcer Melanie Newman and analysts Chris Young and Russel Dorsey. Taylor McGregor will report from Citizens Bank Park. Phillies fans can also check out Apple Music, which features a playlist of every player’s walk-up song.
Kyle Gibson (5-3, 4.35 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Phillies and take on Cubs left-hander Justin Steele (3-6, 4.15 ERA).
The Phillies have two more games scheduled to stream exclusively on Apple TV+. They are:
August 5 vs. Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m
August 12 at the New York Mets at 7:10 p.m
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The second game of the three-game series against the Cubs will air again on Saturday on NBC Sports Philadelphia, with the first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. Tom McCarthy and John Kruk will name the game.
Phillies Pregame Livehosted by Michael Barkann and new 97.5 The Fanatic host Ricky Bottalico, is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m Phillies Postgame Live The finale follows immediately.
Following his All-Star Game snub, Phillies ace Zach Wheeler (8-5, 2.89 ERA) is expected to face off against Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.69 ERA).
For the second time this season, Phillies fans will have to wake up by noon to watch Sunday’s game against the Cubs.
The first pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. thanks to MLB’s deal with Peacock to stream games every Sunday morning. The game will be directed by Jason Benetti, Kruk and former MLB outfielder Ryan Sweeney, a Cubs analyst on the team’s Marquee Sports Network.
Unlike the Apple TV+, you’ll need a premium subscription to Peacock to stream Sunday’s game, which currently gets you $4.99 a month (although the service offers a seven-day free trial).
If you’re a Comcast Xfinity subscriber, there’s good news – a subscription to Peacock is included with your subscription. In fact, you can just say “Phillies” into your Xfinity remote and the game should appear immediately.
Ahead of his retirement later this year, 94.1 WIP host Angelo Cataldi will throw the first pitch on Sunday, which you can watch live on the network’s Facebook page. He will also join the Phillies booth on WIP to name the third inning alongside Frantzke and Andersen.
Tuesday night’s All-Star game averaged 7.51 million viewers on Fox, the smallest television audience ever, according to Sports Media Watch. That’s not terribly surprising given that the All-Star game (like all television) has been losing viewers since 2014, when it averaged 11.34 million viewers. Still, it topped this year’s Pro Bowl on ABC and ESPN (6.69 million viewers), the NBA All-Star Game on TNT and TBS (6.28 million viewers), and the NHL All-Star Game on ABC (1.15 million Viewers).
The induction of the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, led by Boston Red Sox hitter David Ortiz, will be broadcast live on the MLB Network at 10:00 am Sunday but spanned three seasons with the Phillies. Kaat played so long (25 years in the majors) that he feuded with Ted Williams and Ryne Sandberg.