MLB's unique and innovative viewing experience continues today, and with perhaps one of the most intriguing matchups, as prized pitching prospect Alex Reyes makes his 2018 debut for the Cardinals against the Brewers at Miller Park. The 1:10 p.m. ET matinee will air live in the United States exclusively on
MLB's unique and innovative viewing experience continues today, and with perhaps one of the most intriguing matchups, as prized pitching prospect Alex Reyes makes his 2018 debut for the Cardinals against the Brewers at Miller Park. The 1:10 p.m. ET matinee will air live in the United States exclusively on Facebook as part of a digital-only national broadcast.
The finale of the three-game series featuring a pair of postseason hopefuls currently hovering at or near the top of the National League Central standings is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB's partnership with Facebook.
Fans can catch the 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 anchor Scott Braun, analysts Jason Motte and Dan Plesac and in-game reporter Jon Paul Morosi.
How to watch:
- Search for "MLB Live" on Facebook
2. Follow the "MLB Live" show page
- Download the Facebook video app on your TV or streaming device and search for "MLB Live"
2. Or stream the game from your phone to a TV on the same WiFi network by tapping the TV icon.
Upcoming Facebook games (all times ET)
• Wednesday, June 13: LAA-SEA, 4:10 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 20: ATL-TOR, 12:37 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 27: KC-MIL, 2:10 p.m.
What to know about the Cardinals-Brewers game
After wowing the league with elite velocity and precision over his first 12 outings in 2016, Reyes is making his first appearance since the end of that season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last February. The 23-year-old is the Cards' No. 1 prospect and No. 16 overall, per MLB Pipeline.
Exercising caution, St. Louis allotted Reyes an extra month of rehab work to prepare for a return to a rotation that has already weathered attrition to Carlos Martinez (right lat strain) and Adam Wainwright (right elbow), and has marginal uncertainty about how it will stagger its unit once Martinez returns. Reyes has been as advertised in his Minor League rehab work, throwing 23 scoreless innings over four starts, with 44 strikeouts.
"I never had doubt in myself," Reyes said recently. "I always told myself I'd be able to get back to where I was."
Reyes is squaring off against right-hander Junior Guerra and an impressive Brewers club that set a franchise milestone for their best 50-game start. Guerra is coming off an effective outing against the Mets last Friday in which he manuevered through six innings on 72 pitches before manager Craig Counsell opted to turn to his bullpen, which has been arguably the Majors' best.
These clubs are among a quartet that sit above .500 in the NL Central.
Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.