This week, Major League Baseball offers fans another unique viewing experience with the continuation of its digital-only broadcasts. Today's Giants-Phillies matchup will air live in the United States exclusively on Facebook. The finale to the four-game series at Citizens Bank Park is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018
This week, Major League Baseball offers fans another unique viewing experience with the continuation of its digital-only broadcasts. Today's Giants-Phillies matchup will air live in the United States exclusively on Facebook. The finale to the four-game series at Citizens Bank Park is one of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018 as part of MLB's partnership with Facebook.
Fans can catch the 1 p.m. ET contest 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 Scott Braun, analysts Javier Lopez and Ben Davis and in-game reporter Alexa Datt.
How to watch on mobile and desktop
1. Search for "MLB Live" on Facebook
2. Follow the "MLB Live" show page
3. Download the Facebook video app on your TV or streaming device and search for "MLB Live"
4. 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)
• Thursday, May 10: Giants-Phillies, 1:05 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 16: Rangers-Mariners, 3:40 p.m.
• Thursday, May 24: Angels-Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 30: Cardinals-Brewers, 1:10 p.m.
What to know about the Giants-Phillies game
Though he's given up 47 hits in 45 innings this season, Ty Blach takes a 3.60 ERA in eight starts into today's game in Philadelphia. Over his past two outings -- against the Dodgers in San Francisco and the Braves in Atlanta -- the 27-year-old left-hander has only given up three earned runs in 13 2/3 innings (1.98 ERA). Blach made two starts against Philadelphia last season, with very different results. The first was at Citizens Bank Park on June 2, when he tossed a seven-hit shutout with no walks and four strikeouts, and on Aug. 19 in San Francisco, he was hit hard for six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Right-hander Vince Velasquez is scheduled to take the ball for the Phillies. Velasquez has been struggling, recording a 5.14 ERA over seven starts. Though he only gave up one run in his last start Saturday against the Nationals in Washington, Velasquez hasn't made it into the sixth inning in any of his past three outings. He has a 7.24 ERA over that span.
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.