How to Watch MLB Sunday Leadoff 2022

Peacock is stepping out of the dugout to deliver 18 MLB games this season. We researched the streaming service to help you decide if it’s worth adding to your TV plan.

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Price: Free–$9.99/mo.

Free trial of Peacock Premium: N/A

MLB content: Live games, full match replays, and studio shows.

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MLB Sunday Leadoff is a weekly Major League Baseball (MLB) broadcast that streams exclusively on Sunday mornings on Peacock. Produced by NBC Sports, the broadcast is only accessible through one of Peacock’s premium subscription plans.

Peacock will stream its exclusive MLB games across 18 consecutive Sundays during the 2022 season. Keep reading to find out if the streaming service is worth it for MLB fans and to view the entire MLB Sunday Leadoff schedule.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Inexpensive pricing
  • Exclusive NBCUniversal content
  • Large on-demand library of TV shows and movies

Cons

  • Only 18 exclusive MLB games per season
  • Lackluster interface
  • Limited original content

Is Peacock worth it for MLB fans?

We don’t recommend signing up for Peacock just to watch its 18 exclusive MLB games. With 30 teams playing 162 games throughout the MLB regular season, Peacock only provides you with a sliver of baseball action.

You’ll actually get one more MLB game per week with Apple TV+ for $4.99 a month—the same cost as a Peacock Premium subscription. But the main benefit of having Peacock over Apple TV+ is that you’ll have access to several other live sports and a much larger library of on-demand TV shows and movies.

A screenshot of the Peacock media player showing an MLB Sunday Leadoff game between the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox.
Peacock’s presentation of an MLB Sunday Leadoff game as seen on a Google Chrome web browser.

If you can’t survive the MLB season without accessing every live game from your favorite team, you’ll need Peacock in your TV lineup. But you might not need it for the entire MLB season. That’s where the schedule below comes in handy.

For instance, if you’re a Chicago Cubs fan, you can pay for a single month of Peacock just to watch the team’s lone MLB Sunday Leadoff broadcast on July 24. Just be sure to cancel your subscription before the month is up.

2022 MLB Sunday Leadoff schedule

Game Date Time (ET)
Chicago White Sox at Boston Red Sox May 8, 2022 11:30 a.m.
San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves May 15, 2022 11:30 a.m.
St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates May 22, 2022 11:30 a.m.
San Francisco Giants at Cincinnati Reds May 29, 2022 11:30 a.m.
Detroit Tigers at New York Yankees June 5, 2022 11:30 a.m.
Oakland Athletics at Cleveland Guardians June 12, 2022 11:30 a.m.
Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals June 19, 2022 12:00 p.m.
New York Mets at Miami Marlins June 26, 2022 12:00 p.m.
Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers July 3, 2022 12:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles July 10, 2022 12:00 p.m.
Kansas City Royals at Toronto Blue Jays July 17, 2022 12:00 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Philadelphia Phillies July 24, 2022 12:00 p.m.
Detroit Tigers at Toronto Blue Jays July 31, 2022 12:00 p.m.
Houston Astros at Cleveland Guardians August 7, 2022 12:00 p.m.
San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals August 14, 2022 12:00 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Guardians August 21, 2022 12:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Dodgers at Miami Marlins August 28, 2022 12:00 p.m.
Toronto Blue Jays at Pittsburgh Pirates September 4, 2022 12:00 p.m.

MLB content on Peacock

Apart from its 18 exclusive live MLB games, Peacock will also host the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game—which takes place on July 11, 2022, at Dodger Stadium.

The streaming service also includes a hub page dedicated to baseball, featuring MLB-related highlights from NBC Sports and fantasy baseball coverage from NBC Sports EDGE. Once MLB Sunday Leadoff launches in May, the MLB hub will also include classic MLB games and other on-demand content from the MLB Film & Video Archive.

The MLB Hub on Peacock displays rows of featured videos and full match replays.
Peacock’s MLB hub as seen on a Google Chrome web browser.

MLB fans can find other sports news and game recaps on the NBC Sports Peacock channel. The always-on channel offers daily coverage, including sports talk shows like The Dan Patrick Show and The Rich Eisen Show that frequently cover baseball.

Other options for watching MLB games

Like the NFL, you can find a lot of live MLB coverage across several different platforms—which we highlight in our How to Watch MLB Games guide.

MLB’s expansive broadcast plan is a double-edged sword for baseball fans. With many viewing options, it’s easy to catch live games with even the most basic TV setup. But you’ll need several different TV subscriptions to access every regular season MLB game.

We recommend DIRECTV for the most MLB access because it offers every national MLB channel and a wide selection of regional sports networks (RSNs)—those are essential for watching locally televised games. You can even add MLB EXTRA INNINGS® to your plan for full out-of-market access.

If you’re a cord-cutter, MLB.TV will get you the same out-of-market games as MLB EXTRA INNINGS. Otherwise, you can also check out Apple TV+ for watching its exclusive Friday Night Baseball doubleheaders.

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Final take

With premium plans starting at $4.99 a month, Peacock provides an inexpensive way to watch exclusive MLB games. The streaming service also has live and on-demand coverage from several other major sports leagues, including NFL, Premier League, and IndyCar Series events.

While Peacock only offers 18 live MLB games this season, it has a massive library of on-demand movies and TV shows to hold you over between each matchup. After all, nothing says baseball more than Rob Lowe singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on Parks and Recreation.

Methodology

To determine Peacock’s worth for MLB fans, our sports experts spent over 10 hours researching and comparing Peacock’s baseball programming to other MLB viewing options. We based our recommendations on Peacock’s pricing and MLB game count, with on-demand content quantity also taken into consideration.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

MLB on Peacock FAQ

Are MLB games free on Peacock?

MLB games aren’t free on Peacock. You’ll need to subscribe to one of Peacock’s premium plans to access MLB Sunday Leadoff matchups.

What MLB channels are on Peacock?

Peacock currently has no MLB-themed channels, but you can catch MLB content on the streaming service’s NBC Sports channel. Head over to our Peacock Live TV page for more information on its 24/7 channels.

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