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Published: Oct 02, 2018 4 min read
MLB: JUN 08 Rockies at Cubs
Chicago Cubs' Jon Lester will be the starting pitcher in the team's Wild Card home game against the Colorado Rockies tonight.
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The Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs play tonight in the National League Wild Card game to determine which team advances on to face the Milwaukee Brewers in a best-of-five playoff series.

The Rockies vs. Cubs game tonight is a showdown between the two losers in yesterday's pair of historic tiebreaker games. The Rockies lost to the Dodgers, who thereby captured the National League West title in the process, while the Cubs were beaten by the Brewers with the National League Central Division on the line.

The Rockies vs. Cubs Wild Card game today has arguably even higher stakes: The winner goes on to play in the National League Division Series, and the loser's season is over.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the MLB National League Wild Card game tonight — and yes, there are ways to watch Rockies vs. Cubs game online for free.

What Channel Is the Cubs vs. Rockies Game On?

Like yesterday's two tiebreaker games, the Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies game today is on ESPN.

The ESPN broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:08 p.m. ET. The Rockies vs. Cubs starting pitchers tonight are expected to be Kyle Freeland (Rockies) and Jon Lester (Cubs). The game is being played in Chicago's Wrigley Field, and the Rockies-Cubs betting odds put the home team Cubs as a slight favorite to win.

How to Watch the Rockies vs. Cubs Game if You Don't Have Cable

ESPN, of course, is a pay TV channel. ESPN is included in most satellite and cable TV packages. So to watch the Rockies vs. Cubs game, simply turn on ESPN at around 8 p.m. ET tonight.

That's assuming you have access to a pay TV account. What if you don't have cable or another pay TV subscription? If that's the case, and you want to watch the Rockies vs. Cubs game online for free, consider signing up for a streaming TV service with ESPN in its package.

Streaming TV services such as Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and Sling TV all have packages that include ESPN. And they all offer new subscribers free trials lasting five to seven days.

So, if you're a new subscriber, you could register today and watch the Rockies vs. Cubs Wild Card game online for free tonight, and then still have a few more days to try out the service. If you don't want to become a paying subscriber, you must remember to cancel before the trial period ends. If you don't, you'll pay for the first month in full. (Packages start at $25 to $45 per month, depending on the service and channels included.)

How to Listen to the Rockies vs. Cubs Game on the Radio

ESPN is handling the radio broadcast of today's Rockies vs. Cubs game as well.

ESPN Radio begins its coverage of the Cubs vs. Rockies game starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. To listen to the National League Wild Card game for free, tune in to your local ESPN station on the radio or stream ESPN Radio online on your preferred device.