Friday night’s game between the Cardinals and the Reds will be broadcast exclusively on Apple TV+. The game, the third Major League start for Reds phenom Hunter Greene, will not be available on your local cable provider or MLB.TV.
Set to make his home debut for the Reds, Greene threw 39 pitches at 100 mph or more in his last start, against the Dodgers. This is a record for a single game in the tracking era (since 2008). He will be challenged Friday by Cardinals superstar Nolan Arenado, after a blistering start to the season. Southpaw Steven Matz is set to take the mound for St. Louis, his third start for his new club.
The first pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. ET / 5:40 p.m. CT.
For more information about accessing “Friday Night Baseball” on Apple TV+, see the Apple Knowledge Base.
How to watch:
No subscription is required to watch “Friday Night Baseball” on Apple TV+. To access Friday Night Baseball games on Apple TV+, simply follow these steps:
Launch the Apple TV app and select the game directly from there,
From the MLB.TV app, tap Apple TV+ Game to be redirected to the Apple TV app (if available),
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need an Apple account to watch free games?
Yes. You must have an Apple ID. Your Apple ID is the account you use on all of your Apple devices, including your iPhone. Find out how to create a new Apple ID here.
How do I sign in to watch free games on Apple TV+?
Sign in with your Apple ID. Learn how to watch Friday Night Baseball here.
Do I need to enter payment information to watch free games?
No. Payment information is not required to watch.
What devices can I watch the matches on?
Find out all the ways to watch Apple TV+ here.
In which countries can I watch these games?
Games on Apple TV+ will be available in the following countries in addition to the United States: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Design: If you’re using other Apple products, many of the Apple TV+ streaming elements, such as the starter lineup graphics, will look familiar and consistent. The clean and simple design aesthetic features the company’s classic “SF Pro” typeface.
Cameras: The shows use a “Megalodon” camera, which produces very high resolution shots, with a shallow depth of field. This creates sharp focus on the subject of the shot – a cinematic look that adds to the drama of the moment.
Integrated statistics: If you are a fan of baseball and numbers, “Friday Night Baseball” has introduced a new feature that will keep you entertained throughout the game. The built-in statistics function – displayed discreetly in the bottom right of the screen – presents continuously updated probability figures, step by step. The metric in question constantly rotates and takes into account the specific game situation. For example, what is the probability that the batter will produce a run batted in against a 2-1 pitch with runners on first and second and an out?
Melody tracker: Drop-in music is a way for hitters to show off their taste and connect with fans, and “Friday Night Baseball” kicks that experience up a notch for viewers at home. When a home team batter first comes into the game, an Apple Music popup in the bottom right will identify their walk song.
New perspectives: Apple TV+ shows emphasize that a new and diverse group of voices call out the games. One team includes Melanie Newman (play-by-play), Hannah Keyser (analyst), and Brooke Fletcher (reporter), as well as former MLB outfielder Chris Young (analyst). The other team consists of Stephen Nelson (play-by-play) and another former outfielder, Hunter Pence (analyst), alongside Katie Nolan (analyst) and Heidi Watney (reporter).