Facebook's digital-only live stream schedule continues this afternoon as the Angels and A's conclude their three-game series in Oakland. The American League West matchup is one of 25 streaming broadcasts that were scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB's partnership with Facebook. Fans can catch the 3:35 p.m. ET/12:35 p.m. PT
Facebook's digital-only live stream schedule continues this afternoon as the Angels and A's conclude their three-game series in Oakland. The American League West matchup is one of 25 streaming broadcasts that were scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB's partnership with Facebook.
Fans can catch the 3:35 p.m. ET/12:35 p.m. PT contest at www.facebook.com/MLBLiveGames or by logging on to Facebook's MLB Live page from their phones, tablets, smart TVs or other streaming devices. MLB Network will produce the game, with play-by-play announcer Rich Waltz, along with analysts Mark Langston and former A's pitcher Dallas Braden and field reporter Kevin Frandsen on hand for the call.
How to watch on mobile and desktop
- Search for "MLB Live" on Facebook
- Follow the "MLB Live" show page
- Download the Facebook video app on your TV or streaming device and search for "MLB Live"
- Or stream the game from your phone to a TV on the same WiFi network by tapping the TV icon.
What to know about the Angels-A's game
In what's been perhaps one of the best surprise stories of the summer, the A's will look to clinch a postseason spot as they enter the final days of the regular season. Despite a few hiccups dating back to last weekend, most notably in what's otherwise been a lights-out bullpen, the A's are on the cusp of their first postseason appearance since 2014. Their formula for success has been a slugging lineup, serviceable starting pitching, elite defense and an elite bullpen.
Oakland's surge through the AL standings in the summer months was fueled in part from unexpected contributors, and no player has embodied that more than Thursday's starter, Edwin Jackson. The 35-year-old journeyman has led the A's to wins in 12 of his 15 starts since he joined them in late June, right around the time Oakland got hot. Jackson's 3.17 ERA would be his lowest since 2015, but back then, he was exclusively a reliever, meaning his season mark in '18 would be a career-best among seasons in which he's been a full-time starter. The A's are Jackson's 12th team in 15 big league seasons.
Meanwhile, the Angels are on the last leg of a season that started promising -- with the emergence of two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani and what was shaping up to be a career year from superstar Michael Trout -- yet is on the way to ending a fourth straight season without a postseason appearance. As was the case with Ohtani (right elbow) and Trout (right wrist), injuries were the prevailing cause preventing the Halos from playing at their full potential.
Thursday's starter, right-hander Matthew Shoemaker, was also a victim to the disabled list. He is making his fourth start since returning from a forearm injury on Sept. 3, and he has compiled a 3.68 ERA over 14 2/3 innings in that stretch. He was charged with a loss in his last start on Friday after giving up three runs over 4 2/3 innings against the Mariners.
Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.