With Major League Baseball competition not likely to begin until late May at the earliest thanks to public health advisories recommending bans on large-scale public gatherings, baseball fans need to find ways to get their fix. That means heading to YouTube, where MLB has uploaded full games from 2009-18 to its official channel. You may recall that games from the 2017 season were the source of footage analyzed by fans looking to validate the accuracy of reports about the Astros’ cheating scheme.
To search for a specific game, visit MLB’s YouTube channel and use the following terms: XXX (road team letter code) at YYY (home team letter code) M, DD, YYYY. For example, to find Game 6 of the 2016 World Series, you would type: CHN at CLE November 2, 2016.
If you’re among those staying in and practicing recommended social distancing measures, here are some of the best Cubs games from the last few years to relive through YouTube.
Arrieta tossed his first career no-hitter as part of a Cy Young campaign in 2015. You may not remember that the Dodgers disputed the validity of the no-no, but you won’t be surprised that the relevant quote came from Adrián González.
LP: Gerrit Cole
The Cubs advanced to the NLDS thanks to a complete-game shutout by Arrieta. Kyle Schwarber added a moonshot off of Gerrit Cole in the 3rd inning.
The Cubs eliminated the heavily favored Cardinals to advance to the National League Championship Series.
LP: Brandon Finnegan
Arrieta threw his second career no-hitter and the Cubs pounded the Reds, hitting five bombs.
LP: Cody Martin
This is one of my favorite regular season victories of the last few years because it demonstrated why the 2016 Cubs were destined for greatness. The Cubs mounted a late-game comeback to force extra innings and Jon Lester squeezed Jason Heyward home to walk off Seattle in the bottom of the 12th.
The Cubs outlasted the Nationals 9-8 in a marathon nail-biter that used a total of 14 pitchers, scoring four runs against Scherzer in a relief appearance during a wild 5th inning. Wade Davis had a seven-out save to nail down the victory, advancing the Cubs to their third straight NLCS appearance under Joe Maddon.
LP: Trevor Bauer
The Cubs notched their first victory of the World Series behind a strong start from Arrieta.
The Cubs began their comeback from a 3-1 series deficit after Kris Bryant hit a home run against Bauer in the 4th inning to tie the game and spark a Cubs rally en route to their second victory against Cleveland.
LP: Josh Tomlin