Vance McCullough, the voice of @XFINITYSports, delivers his analysis of the five key games to watch online, paired with five Twitter follows to give you insider information on the matchup. Have a matchup that you’d like Vance to feature? Tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #5ToFollow.
|1. Red Sox vs. Cardinals|
Details: Monday, March 17 @ 1:05 PM ET – JetBlue Park – Fort Myers, FL
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? Who doesn’t want to plan a lunch break around a rematch of the 2013 World Series? You have the St. Louis Cardinals who have their second year stud, Shelby Miller, on the bump. The Sawx will roll out their crafty veteran and Game 6 winner, John Lackey. The Cards are one of the toughest teams in baseball, and have some new additions to their lineup. Make sure to get a good look at Kolten Wong at second and Peter Bourjos in center field. Boston will have some a few new faces in their starting lineup with Xander Bogaerts at short, Jackie Bradley Jr. at center, and A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate. When the ump yells play ball, make sure you’re streaming the Red Sox vs. Cardinals on the XFINITY TV Go app.
#5ToFollow Insider: Ian Browne
MLB.com’s beatwriter for the Bo-Sox will be live from Ft. Myers tweeting the game live, giving updates on the hottest prospects, and tidbits on the top players you might draft to your fantasy team.
|2. Thunder vs. Bulls|
Details: Monday, March 17 @ 8:00 PM ET – United Center – Chicago, IL
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? Kevin Durant’s play has kept him atop the NBA MVP ranks. KD-35 has scored 25 or more in 31 consecutive games. Will the streak continue against the stingy defense of the Bulls? We’ve got another MVP spotlight on the Chi-side of the court, as their big man, Joakim Noah, has been doing big things in the paint. Noah is an elite level defender, but has shown what he can do with his sneaky passing skills. You get these two All Stars playing their best basketball, plus Russell Westbrook rounding into form and Jimmy Butler emerging for the Bulls. Before we get to the bracket busting, watch some pro-basketball on Monday night.
#5ToFollow Insider: Trey Kerby
Kerby is a member of #TheInsiders and a major Bulls fan. He’ll have a little bias in his tweets, but he’s psyched for tonight’s Thunder-Bulls game. Follow along for some great insights and interaction.
|3. Red Sox vs. Yankees|
Details: Tuesday, March 18 @ 1:05 PM ET – George Steinbrenner Field – Tampa, FL
Watch Here: ESPN on XFINITY
Why Watch? The rivalry that the Babe built. This is the clash of the beasts of the AL East. The Yankees and Red Sox square off Tuesday afternoon in sunny Florida for a preseason tune up, but the competitive spirit will be running through the player’s veins. The Yankees broke the bank this offseason signing the Japanese phenom pitcher, Masahiro Tanaka, and putting Jacoby Ellsbury in pin stripes! Sox Nation will not be friendly to the star that once manned center in Fenway for so many years, but will his former teammates be cordial on the diamond? There are so many story lines off the field, just wait until this game gets started on the field! Don’t miss the biggest rivalry in the MLB, Sox vs. Yankees Tuesday afternoon.
#5ToFollow Insider: Karl Ravech
Ravi will be on the call for the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry and tweeting some of the top sites from the MLB’s top rivalry. It’s only preseason, but the players won’t show it in this game, and Ravech will be at his best on his tweet game.
|4. Chelsea vs. Galatasary|
Details: Tuesday, March 18 @ 3:30 PM ET – Stamford Bridge – London, England, U.K.
Watch Here: FOXSports 1 on XFINITY
Why Watch? Does Chelsea feel the pressure of winning in the Champions League, something no other Premier League club has done in the Round of 16? The Blues drew with Galatasary in Turkey (1-1, Feb. 26) and will look to close it out at Stamford Bridge Tuesday night. Galatasary’s superstar, and former Chelsea great, Didier Drogba will look to spoil Chelsea’s Champion League run. With Chelsea coming off a frustrating loss at Aston Villa on Sunday, they will look for a strong showing in front of a home crowd. Stamford Bridge, aggregate has the clubs knotted up 1-1, this match will have a hero and heartbreak. Stream this can’t miss matchup on the computer (at work) and keep the volume on low.
#5ToFollow Insider: Michael Davies
Michael Davies, co-host of the Men in Blazers pod, writer for Grantland, and Chelsea supporter, gets the highest recommendation for Tuesday’s insider to the Champions League match. Great anecdotes, insights, and humor is guaranteed during this #UCL classic.
|5. Blackhawks vs. Flyers|
Details: Tuesday, March 18 @ 7:30 PM ET – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Watch: NBCSN on XFINITY
Why Watch? Tuesday night is going to be on ice. The Flyers are rolling, winning two over the Metropolitan Division leading Pittsburgh Penguins, and seven of their last 10. The Blackhawks, a Cup favorite by many, are looking good with the return of Marian Hossa. He might be the spark Chicago needed to get the defending champs up and going. Will Philly continue their hot streak of winning hockey, or will Chicago steal one in the Wells Fargo Center? Get your TV on NBSN or stream the #NHL on LIVE EXTRA when the puck drops in Philly Tuesday night!
#5ToFollow Insider: Tim Panaccio
CSN Philly’s Flyers insider will be live from Broad Street when Philly and Chicago hit the ice. Get the sites, scores, and stats from Tim Tuesday night, at #CHIvsPHL.