Guardians fans can watch every game of the season if they want. And they can do it without cable. In fact, it’s only possible to do with streaming services. Read on to learn all!
In a hurry? If you live outside of the Guardians’ blackout zone, you can watch almost every game with MLB.TV for $24.99/mo. Local fans will need Bally Sports Great Lakes. And it is available from one source: DIRECTV STREAM with the Choice plan for $89.99/mo. A 5-day free trial is now available for DIRECTV STREAM.
Table Of Contents
Established in 1894, the Cleveland Guardians are one of the charter members of the American League (AL). The team plays its home games at Progressive Field and is managed by Terry Francona.
Let’s take a closer look at the history of the franchise, what the team did in 2021 and how you can follow the Guardians during the 2022 season.
All About the Guardians
Until 1900, the team was known as the Grand Rapids Rippers before moving to Cleveland. Over the following years, it was known by a number of other names: Lake Shores, Bluebirds, Napoleons, and (unofficially) Bronchos. It was known as the Indians from 1915 to 2021 when it adopted its most recent nickname.
Cleveland has won two World Series titles, six AL titles, and 10 division titles since 1920. Bob Feller, Jim Thome, and Luke Easter are among the players that have been recognized by the franchise as among the best in its history.
In 2021, the Guardians finished the season 80-82 and finished second in the AL Central. Jose Ramirez led the team with 36 home runs and 103 runs batted in (RBIs) for the team while also stealing 27 bases.
Guardians TV Channels
Like most MLB teams, the Guardians appear primarily on an RSN with a handful of games broadcast nationally.
The Guardians are scheduled to make multiple appearances on Fox (3) and FS1 (4) during the 2022 season.
Bally Sports Great Lakes
Cleveland Guardians games that are not broadcast to a national audience will usually appear on Bally Sports Great Lakes. This channel is available to viewers throughout most of Ohio. Notably, it is not available in and around Cincinnati.
Bally Sports Great Lakes is also available in western portions of Pennsylvania (but not Pittsburgh) and New York.
Watching the Guardians
There are many different ways to watch a few regular-season Guardians games. There are two ways to watch almost all of them. But if you want to watch absolutely every game, you will need a few different services.
Games that are broadcast on Fox (as well as any that might appear on ABC and NBC) may be accessible to viewers who have an antenna. Sling TV does allow you to use an antenna in tandem with its streaming service, so that’s worth checking out.
See our HD antenna guide for information on doing this.
There are different
Live TV Streaming
Unless you are happy to limit yourself to watching nationally broadcast games, there is only one choice for Guardian fans in the Cleveland area.
- DIRECTV STREAM: This service is the only one that offers Bally Sports Great Lakes. To obtain this regional sports network, you’ll need to subscribe to the Choice package, which costs $89.99 per month. You’ll also get roughly 100 channels including ESPN, FS1, and MLB Network. All plans come with unlimited cloud DVR (online orders only) and streaming on up to 20 devices. See our DIRECTV STREAM review for more information.
The following services will allow you to watch nationally televised games. They are also a good addition to MLB.TV subscribers.
- Hulu + Live TV: For $69.99mo, you get 85+ live TV channels as well as ESPN+ and Disney+. It comes with unlimited cloud DVR with 9 months of storage and streaming on two devices. (Hulu + Live TV review)
- FuboTV: Get Fox, FS1, ESPN, and over 100 other channels for $69.99/mo. It comes with 1,000 hours of cloud DVR storage and streaming on up to 10 devices at once. (FuboTV review)
- Sling TV: For $35/mo, Sling Blue gives you Fox and FS1 and 40 other channels. There are many options for others. The plan comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR and streaming on up to 3 devices. (Sling TV review)
- Vidgo: This package allows you to watch dozens of networks such as ESPN, FS1, and MLB Network for $59.95 per month. It doesn’t have a DVR but does allow you to stream on up to 3 devices. (Vidgo review)
- YouTube TV: Starts at $64.99 and offers Fox, FS1, MLB Network, and other sports channels. You can also integrate it with MLB.TV.
Specialty Streaming Services
Increasingly, MLB games are airing on specialty streaming services.
- Apple TV+: A limited number of Friday night games will be shown on the Apple TV+ platform and will probably feature a small number of Guardian games. At least for some part of 2022 season, you will not need to be a subscriber to watch these contests.
- ESPN+: Offers live streams of MLB games in addition to games from a variety of other leagues. This service costs $6.99 per month on its own or $13.99 per month as part of the Hulu bundle. Note that blackout restrictions usually apply to these games. (ESPN+ review)
- Peacock: Scheduled to broadcast 18 MLB games during the 2022 season that are available to Peacock Premium subscribers. This service starts at $4.99 per month. (Peacock review)
Subscribing to MLB.TV allows you to watch every regular season game for $13.99/yr or $24.99/mo. Alternatively, you can choose to buy the rights to watch every Cleveland Guardians’ regular-season game for $119.99/yr.
Note that blackout and other league broadcast rules will still be enforced. So this is only an option for fans who do not live in and around Cleveland.
Devices to Live Stream Cleveland Guardians Games
The following devices are supported by DIRECTV STREAM, MLB.TV, and most other services:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android mobile devices
- Apple TV
- iOS mobile devices
- Samsung smart TVs
- Web browsers.
You can get a proprietary device for DIRECTV STREAM, which can make the process easier. MLB.TV supports some other devices as well including Android TV and the Xbox gaming system.
As a Cleveland Guardians fan, it should comfort you to know that there are many ways to follow your team without the need for a cable subscription. If you live in the Cleveland area, DIRECTV STREAM is the way to go. If you live outside that area, you need MLB.TV.
Otherwise, almost any streaming platform will be able to fulfill your wish to watch at least some Guardians games.
Is the Guardians game on TV tonight?
Most of the time, the Guardians game will be shown on Bally Sports Great Lakes for local fans and MLB.TV for those elsewhere. If they aren’t there, check Fox, FS1, or MLB Network. The games might also be airing on ABC or NBC and they might be streaming on Apple TV+ or Peacock.
Where can I listen to Guardians games on the radio?
WTAM 1100 and 100.7 WMMS serve as the AM and FM flagship radio stations of the Cleveland Guardians. If you live in Akron, you can listen to games by turning your dial to WAKR 1590. Games may also be broadcast on ESPN radio and various other local stations. For $2.99/mo, you can get radio access to all games with MLB Audio.
Are there any ways to watch Guardian games for free?
Any games that are broadcast on ABC, Fox, or NBC will likely be accessible to anyone who has an antenna. Therefore, it may be possible to watch these games without the need to pay for a cable, satellite, or streaming service plan. MLB.TV does offer a Free Game of the Day, which will likely feature the Guardians some times.
How do I stream Guarding games on my smartphone?
Most live and specialty streaming services will have apps that you can use to watch games on your phone and similar devices. It may also be possible to access your account using a traditional web browser on your phone. Generally speaking, you can get a quality streaming experience whether you use an app or a web browser.
What is the 2022 schedule for the Cleveland Guardians?
This regular season, the Guardians will play Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Seattle Mariners.
The following list includes all the regular-season Guardians games with EDT. Unless otherwise indicated, the games should be on Bally Sports Great Lakes and MLB.TV.
- Thu Apr 7 4:10 pm: @ Royals
- Sat Apr 9 4:10 pm: @ Royals
- Sun Apr 10 2:10 pm: @ Royals
- Mon Apr 11 2:10 pm: @ Royals
- Tue Apr 12 4:10 pm: @ Reds
- Wed Apr 13 12:35 pm: @ Reds (MLBN)
- Fri Apr 15 7:10 pm: vs Giants
- Sat Apr 16 6:10 pm: vs Giants
- Sun Apr 17 1:40 pm: vs Giants
- Mon Apr 18 6:10 pm: vs White Sox
- Tue Apr 19 6:10 pm: vs White Sox
- Wed Apr 20 6:10 pm: vs White Sox
- Thu Apr 21 1:10 pm: vs White Sox
- Fri Apr 22 7:05 pm: @ Yankees
- Sat Apr 23 1:05 pm: @ Yankees (MLBN)
- Sun Apr 24 1:35 pm: @ Yankees (MLBN)
- Mon Apr 25 9:38 pm: @ Angels
- Tue Apr 26 9:38 pm: @ Angels
- Wed Apr 27 9:38 pm: @ Angels
- Thu Apr 28 4:07 pm: @ Angels
- Fri Apr 29 9:40 pm: @ Athletics
- Sat Apr 30 4:07 pm: @ Athletics
- Sun May 1 4:07 pm: @ Athletics
- Tue May 3 6:10 pm: vs Padres
- Wed May 4 1:10 pm: vs Padres
- Thu May 5 6:10 pm: vs Blue Jays
- Fri May 6 7:10 pm: vs Blue Jays
- Sat May 7 6:10 pm: vs Blue Jays
- Sun May 8 1:40 pm: vs Blue Jays
- Mon May 9 8:10 pm: @ White Sox
- Tue May 10 8:10 pm: @ White Sox
- Wed May 11 2:10 pm: @ White Sox
- Fri May 13 8:10 pm: @ Twins
- Sat May 14 7:10 pm: @ Twins
- Sun May 15 2:10 pm: @ Twins
- Tue May 17 6:10 pm: vs Reds
- Wed May 18 6:10 pm: vs Reds
- Fri May 20 7:10 pm: vs Tigers
- Sat May 21 6:10 pm: vs Tigers
- Sun May 22 1:40 pm: vs Tigers
- Mon May 23 8:10 pm: @ Astros
- Tue May 24 8:10 pm: @ Astros
- Wed May 25 8:10 pm: @ Astros
- Thu May 26 7:10 pm: @ Tigers
- Fri May 27 7:10 pm: @ Tigers
- Sat May 28 4:10 pm: @ Tigers (FS1)
- Sun May 29 1:40 pm: @ Tigers
- Mon May 30 6:10 pm: vs Royals
- Tue May 31 6:10 pm: vs Royals
- Wed Jun 1 1:10 pm: vs Royals (YouTube)
- Fri Jun 3 7:05 pm: @ Orioles
- Sat Jun 4 4:05 pm: @ Orioles
- Sun Jun 5 1:35 pm: @ Orioles
- Mon Jun 6 7:10 pm: vs Rangers
- Tue Jun 7 7:10 pm: vs Rangers
- Wed Jun 8 7:10 pm: vs Rangers
- Thu Jun 9 7:10 pm: vs Athletics
- Fri Jun 10 7:10 pm: vs Athletics
- Sat Jun 11 4:10 pm: vs Athletics (FS1)
- Sun Jun 12 1:40 pm: vs Athletics
- Tue Jun 14 8:40 pm: @ Rockies
- Wed Jun 15 8:40 pm: @ Rockies
- Thu Jun 16 3:10 pm: @ Rockies
- Fri Jun 17 10:10 pm: @ Dodgers (Apple TV+)
- Sat Jun 18 7:15 pm: @ Dodgers (Fox)
- Sun Jun 19 4:10 pm: @ Dodgers
- Tue Jun 21 7:40 pm: @ Twins
- Wed Jun 22 7:40 pm: @ Twins
- Thu Jun 23 1:10 pm: @ Twins
- Fri Jun 24 7:10 pm: vs Red Sox
- Sat Jun 25 6:10 pm: vs Red Sox
- Sun Jun 26 1:40 pm: vs Red Sox
- Mon Jun 27 7:10 pm: vs Twins
- Tue Jun 28 1:10 pm: vs Twins
- Tue Jun 28 7:10 pm: vs Twins
- Wed Jun 29 7:10 pm: vs Twins
- Thu Jun 30 1:10 pm: vs Twins
- Fri Jul 1 7:10 pm: vs Yankees
- Sat Jul 2 6:10 pm: vs Yankees
- Sun Jul 3 1:40 pm: vs Yankees
- Mon Jul 4 1:10 pm: @ Tigers
- Tue Jul 5 7:10 pm: @ Tigers
- Wed Jul 6 1:10 pm: @ Tigers
- Fri Jul 8 8:10 pm: @ Royals
- Sat Jul 9 4:10 pm: @ Royals
- Sun Jul 10 2:10 pm: @ Royals
- Mon Jul 11 7:10 pm: vs White Sox
- Tue Jul 12 7:10 pm: vs White Sox
- Wed Jul 13 7:10 pm: vs White Sox
- Fri Jul 15 7:10 pm: vs Tigers
- Sat Jul 16 4:10 pm: vs Tigers (FS1)
- Sun Jul 17 1:40 pm: vs Tigers
- Fri Jul 22 8:10 pm: @ White Sox
- Sat Jul 23 7:15 pm: @ White Sox (Fox)
- Sun Jul 24 2:10 pm: @ White Sox
- Mon Jul 25 7:10 pm: @ Red Sox
- Tue Jul 26 7:10 pm: @ Red Sox
- Wed Jul 27 7:10 pm: @ Red Sox
- Thu Jul 28 7:10 pm: @ Red Sox
- Fri Jul 29 7:10 pm: @ Rays
- Sat Jul 30 1:10 pm: @ Rays
- Sun Jul 31 1:40 pm: @ Rays
- Mon Aug 1 7:10 pm: vs D-backs
- Tue Aug 2 7:10 pm: vs D-backs
- Wed Aug 3 1:10 pm: vs D-backs
- Thu Aug 4 7:10 pm: vs Astros
- Fri Aug 5 7:10 pm: vs Astros
- Sat Aug 6 7:10 pm: vs Astros
- Sun Aug 7 1:40 pm: vs Astros
- Tue Aug 9 7:10 pm: @ Tigers
- Wed Aug 10 7:10 pm: @ Tigers
- Thu Aug 11 1:10 pm: @ Tigers
- Fri Aug 12 7:07 pm: @ Blue Jays
- Sat Aug 13 3:07 pm: @ Blue Jays
- Sun Aug 14 1:37 pm: @ Blue Jays
- Mon Aug 15 7:10 pm: vs Tigers
- Tue Aug 16 7:10 pm: vs Tigers
- Wed Aug 17 7:10 pm: vs Tigers
- Fri Aug 19 7:10 pm: vs White Sox
- Sat Aug 20 7:10 pm: vs White Sox
- Sun Aug 21 1:40 pm: vs White Sox
- Tue Aug 23 9:40 pm: @ Padres
- Wed Aug 24 4:10 pm: @ Padres
- Thu Aug 25 4:10 pm: @ Mariners
- Fri Aug 26 10:10 pm: @ Mariners
- Sat Aug 27 10:10 pm: @ Mariners (FS1)
- Sun Aug 28 4:10 pm: @ Mariners
- Tue Aug 30 6:10 pm: vs Orioles
- Wed Aug 31 6:10 pm: vs Orioles
- Thu Sep 1 6:10 pm: vs Orioles
- Fri Sep 2 7:10 pm: vs Mariners
- Sat Sep 3 7:15 pm: vs Mariners (Fox)
- Sun Sep 4 TBD: vs Mariners
- Mon Sep 5 8:10 pm: @ Royals
- Tue Sep 6 8:10 pm: @ Royals
- Wed Sep 7 8:10 pm: @ Royals
- Fri Sep 9 8:10 pm: @ Twins
- Sat Sep 10 7:10 pm: @ Twins
- Sun Sep 11 2:10 pm: @ Twins
- Mon Sep 12 6:10 pm: vs Angels
- Tue Sep 13 6:10 pm: vs Angels
- Wed Sep 14 1:10 pm: vs Angels
- Fri Sep 16 7:10 pm: vs Twins
- Sat Sep 17 1:10 pm: vs Twins
- Sat Sep 17 7:10 pm: vs Twins
- Sun Sep 18 1:40 pm: vs Twins
- Mon Sep 19 1:10 pm: vs Twins
- Tue Sep 20 8:10 pm: @ White Sox
- Wed Sep 21 8:10 pm: @ White Sox
- Thu Sep 22 8:10 pm: @ White Sox
- Fri Sep 23 8:05 pm: @ Rangers
- Sat Sep 24 7:05 pm: @ Rangers
- Sun Sep 25 2:35 pm: @ Rangers
- Tue Sep 27 6:10 pm: vs Rays
- Wed Sep 28 6:10 pm: vs Rays
- Thu Sep 29 6:10 pm: vs Rays
- Fri Sep 30 7:10 pm: vs Royals
- Sat Oct 1 6:10 pm: vs Royals
- Sun Oct 2 1:40 pm: vs Royals
- Mon Oct 3 6:10 pm: vs Royals
- Tue Oct 4 6:10 pm: vs Royals
- Wed Oct 5 TBD: vs Royals
- Cities With the Longest Active Championship Droughts - 05/20/2022
- Cities With the Most Professional Sports Championships - 05/09/2022
US States That Have Produced the Most MVPs- 04/21/2022