A likely preview of the National League Wild Card game, the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Chicago Cubs, will be available to watch live online Sunday evening as the two National League Central Division rivals do battle for the final time in the 2015 Major League Baseball season. But barring a bizarre turn of events in the final week of the season, the two teams will face each other again on October 7.
That's the date of the National League Wild Card "play-in" game, in which the two Wild Card teams — the two teams with the best records in the league other than the three division winners — face each other in a single game, with the winner moving on to the Division Series round, the quarterfinals of the MLB postseason playoff tournament.
To find out how to watch the Sunday night Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs final regular season meeting live online, see the streaming information in the final paragraph of this article. The game gets underway at 7:08 Central Time at historic Wrigley Field on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. That's 8:08 Eastern Time, 5:08 Pacific.
But the game will have added significance with the Cubs sending their 20-game winner Jake Arrieta, pictured above, to the mound as he makes his case for the National League Cy Young Award, bringing not only his impressive win total — he goes for his 21st on Sunday night — to the mound, but even more importantly, a stellar 1.88 ERA.
In addition to leading the NL in wins with 20, Arrieta is also tops in complete games with four and complete game shutouts with three — with one of those shutouts, his August 30 outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a no-hitter.
The Pirates counter with veteran A.J. Burnett, making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list on September 10. Burnett's last outing was his first win since his return, as Burnett went 5-and-two-thirds innings against the Colorado Rockies in Denver, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks.
To watch the Sunday Night Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs game live online, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link, or download the WatchESPN app to watch the game on mobile devices. Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the game via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which features a variety of channels, including ESPN, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after they watch the Pirates vs. Cubs game live online. A Spanish-language broadcast is also available from ESPN Deportes at the same WatchESPN link, above.
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