Watch New York Mets Vs. Philadelphia Phillies Stream Live: Start Time, Preview, NL Wild Card Race Battle

Both the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies need a win on Sunday to keep their hopes of grabbing a National League Wild Card spot alive.

Rene Rivera attempts to tag Corey Dickerson.
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Both the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies need a win on Sunday to keep their hopes of grabbing a National League Wild Card spot alive.

After a six-game losing streak that appeared to sink what had looked like a good chance to take a NL Wild Card spot, the New York Mets are starting to recover. They took the first two games of a three-game set from the Philadelphia Phillies, and on Sunday face a situation where nothing short of finishing the sweep will be good enough.

The Phillies are also in the thick of a crowded NL Wild Card race, per MLB.com. And with the Chicago Cubs already losing on Sunday, a win for the Phillies leaves them just 2 1/2 games off Chicago’s Wild Card pace, making it a big game for Philly as well, in the clash that’ll stream live from Citizens Bank Park.

To find out how to watch a live online stream of the New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Sunday Night game, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET, 4:05 p.m. PT at the 43,035-seat Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, September 1.

In Japan, that start time will be 8:05 a.m. Japan Standard Time on Monday morning, September 2. In Australia, first pitch is scheduled for 9:05 a.m. on Monday morning, Eastern Australian Standard Time, 7:05 a.m. Western. In the United Kingdom, the game gets underway at 12:05 a.m. on Monday morning.

Sitting four games out, and with three teams to push aside before getting a grip on that second Wild Card, the game is even more urgent for the Mets. They will trust their chances to trade deadline acquisition Marcus Stroman, the 28-year-old who was a first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2012 draft. But in five starts since arriving in New York from north of the border, Stroman has won only once, per Baseball Reference.

In fact, Stroman has been a serious disappointment, allowing at least three runs in four of those starts, while lasting through the sixth inning just twice. The Phillies, however, will send struggling Zach Elfin to the mound. A win in his last start on August 24 was his first since June 24, breaking a string of six starts without a victory, according to BR.

Marcus Stroman walks off the mound.
Trade deadline acquisition Marcus Stroman has been a disappointment for the Mets. Elsa / Getty Images

To watch a free livestream of the finale of the three-game New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies series, with the Mets going for a much-needed sweep, log in to ESPN.com, the streaming service offered by ESPN. ESPN.com is free of charge to anyone with cable or satellite TV login credentials, and is available through the ESPN app for mobile devices, as well as on set-top streaming boxes, such as the Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire.

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One way to watch the New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies game via free streaming video, but without a cable subscription, is for fans to sign up for a free trial of one of the popular streaming TV packages, which include Sling TV, YouTube TV, or AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now). All of those packages require credit card information and do charge subscription fees. But they each offer a seven-day free trial, during which time, fans can watch the Mets-Phils game in Philadelphia livestream for free.

In the U.K., a live online stream of the Sunday Night Baseball showdown will be carried by BT Sport and may be accessed inside the U.K. only. In Canada, SportsNet will stream the series finale.

To watch the Mets-Phillies contest stream in Japan, Australia, and other countries around the world, the best and only option is MLB.TV, which carries a monthly or annual subscription fee.