Mets, Phillies To Close Out Five-Game Series Sunday Night On ESPN’s ‘SNB’

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ESPN has a National League East divisional matchup on tap in this week’s edition of its weekly Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell broadcast.

The Philadelphia Phillies (68-54) will host the New York Mets (52-69) in the closer of the teams’ five-game series.  The series started Thursday with a one and one double-header between the NL East foes.  The Mets routed the Phillies in the first game 24-6 while the Phillies won game two 9-6.

Philadelphia took control of the series on Friday, defeating the Mets 4-2.  The Mets came back Saturday and evened things back up at two games each with a 3-1 win over the Phillies.  That means Sunday night’s game will be the rubber match between the teams.

Nick Pivetta (7-9) is expected to get the start on the mound for the Phillies Sunday night. He was last on the mound August 14 against the Boston Red Sox.  The Bosox won that game 2-1 with Philadelphia’ Tommy Hunter taking the loss.

Pivetta was strong in that game, pitching six innings, allowing only one run on three hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out six and allowing only one home run in that time.  So he will be looking to get the Phils back in the “W” column in this series’ finale against the Mets, whose playoff hopes at this point are nil.

Jason Vargas (2-8) is expected to get the start for the Mets Sunday night.  The 35-year-old has had a rough season so far, pitching a total of 53.1 innings in 13 games with an ERA of 8.10.  His last time on the mound was August 14 against Baltimore.

The Orioles took the win over the Mets in that game, 6-3.  Vargas’ struggles continued in that game as he allowed two runs on five hits, two earned runs while walking three batters and striking out only one over six innings.  He also allowed one home run in that time.

Just by the pitchers’ numbers, one would think Sunday night’s game is in the Phillies’ favor, but New York has been a surprise this weekend against Philadelphia.  That could be because the Mets know they have nothing to lose and don’t want to finish in the bottom of the league, causing them to play harder.

With the two losses to the Phillies this weekend, the Mets ended their two-game losing ski and back back into the “W” column, though win or lose it won’t be enough to help the team’s playoff hopes.  Philadelphia is 41-20 at home and 27-34 on the road so far this season. Saturday’s loss to the Mets drops the Phillies to 68-55 on the season, still keeping the team in the post season hunt.  The Mets will still be playing with a ire in their bellies because they have at least something to prove since they won’t be in the playoffs, so Sunday night’s game could go either way.

Matt Vasgersian will have the call for Sunday’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary.  Reporter Buster Olney will have all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will cover the game on ESPN Radio.  The NL East matchup will also be simulcast on ESPN Deportes and on the ESPN app.

Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be preceded by Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7 p.m. ET.with Karl Ravech at the helm.  Ravech will be joined by analysts Mark Teixeira, David Ross and Tim Kurkjian for additional commentary.

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Bosox, ‘Stros Go Under The Lights Live Sept. 9 On ESPN

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As Major League Baseball’s race to the post season heats up, ESPN has announced what is certainly its own hot addition to the network’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell schedule.

The MLB-leading Boston Red Sox will play live under the lights against theAmerican League West-leading Houston Astros Sept. 9 on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.  As of August 18, the Red Sox lead Major League Baseball’s standings at 87-36, the only team in the league so far this season to reach and even surpass the 80-win mark.  That puts the Red Sox both at the top of the league and the top of the American League East.

The Astros currently lead the American League West at 74-49, tying them with the Oakland Athletics for the division’s top spot.  The teams are now tied for third in the American League, too.

Since the game is still so far out, no rotations or pitchers have been announced for the key showdown.Matt Vasgersian will anchor the broadcast.  he will be joined by analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza for additional commentary while rpoerter Buster Olney will have all of the game’s latest news and interviews.

Jon Sciambi will anchor the game’s broadcast on ESPN Radio.  He will be joined by analyst Chris Singleton for additional commentary.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is preceded each week by Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet at 7 p.m. ET.  Karl Ravech anchors with additional commentary from analysts Mark Teixeira, David Ross and Tim Kurkjian.

ESPN Deportes will broadcast the teams’ showdown in Spanish for the game’s Spanish-speaking audiences.  Audiences who won’t be near a television on Sept. 9 can still catch the game online via the ESPN app.

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TNT To Air First-Ever State Farm Showdown Charity Golf Tournament Friday Night

TNT is teaming with the NFL and NBA to present a special first-time ever golf event.

the first-ever State Farm Showdown Hosted by Aaron Rodgers and Chris Paul is scheduled to air Friday night at 8 p.m. on TNT.  It will air immediately after the airing of the 100th PGA Championship from St. Louis.

The first-of-its-kind charity gold tournament will see stars of the NFL and NBA tee off (pun fully intended) in a variety of “skills challenges” including hitting golf balls at glass targets featuring their opponents’ likenesses, NFL stars trying their hands at three-point shots and NBA stars trying their hand at being quarterbacks.

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Ernie Johnson and Ian Baker-Finch will offer commentary while comedian James Davis and Amanda Balionis will serve as course reporters. More information on this and other TNT sports presentations is available online now at:

 

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Astros, Mariners Close Weekend Series Sunday Live On TBS

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The race for the post season is officially on in Major League Baseball’s 2018 season, and this Sunday, August 12, TBS will broadcast an American League West conference showdown that will have playoff implications for both teams.

The defending World Series Champion Houston Astros (73-42) will host the Wild Card-contending-Seattle Mariners live on TBS at 2 p.m. ET.  Sunday’s game between the Astros and Mariners will be the closer in the teams’ 4-game weekend series, which opens tonight in Houston.

Dallas Keuchel (9-9) is scheduled to get the start for Houston, five days after his last time on the mound — Aug. 7 against San Francisco.  He pitched six innings in the Astros’ 2-1 win over the Giants, allowing 1 run, 1 earned run and 2 walks on 3 hits over that time while striking out 5 batters and allowing no homers.  Joel Smith (4-1) was credited with the win in the game.

Felix Hernandez (8-10) is expected to get the start Sunday for Seattle. His last time on the mound was August 7 against the Rangers. The Rangers won that game 11-4 over Seattle.  Hernandez took the loss in the game, struggling along the way.  He allowed 11 runs on 8 hits, 7 earned runs, 4 walks and 3 home runs while striking out only 2 batters.  This means that Hernandez will be looking to make up for that poor performance, giving more motivation for him to play hard.

Looking at the bigger picture of the teams’ numbers, the Astros have been more dominant on the road than at home so far this season, going 41-18 on the road and 32-24 at home.  Both records are strong winning records, though.  The team is also in the midst of a 2-game win streak and has gone 6-4 in its last 10 games.  It leads Seattle, which sits 3rd in the AL West, by 8 games.

The Mariners are in the midst of a 2-game losing skid and have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games.  Seattle has performed far better at home this season than on the road, having gone 29-26 on the road and 36-24 at home.  Looking at these numbers, the odds seem to favor the Astros in Sunday’s game and the weekend’s series overall.

Don Orsillo will anchor Sunday’s broadcast on TBS.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Dennis Eckersly for additional commentary.  More information on Sunday’s game and all of TBS’ MLB coverage is available online at:

 

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Turner Sports Announces Broadcast Schedule For NBA 2018-’19 Season Opening Weekend

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It’s only August, but Turner Sports and TNT are already getting sports fans hyped up for the upcoming NBA season with a big broadcast schedule announcement.

TNT will kick off the 2018-’19 NBA season on Tuesday, October 16 with a double header schedule.  The 76ers and Celtics open the schedule at 8 p.m. ET with the NBA Champion Warriors taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder following at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s matchup between the Warriors and Thunder will be preceded by a ring ceremony in which the Warriors’ players will receive their championship ring. TNT NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader pre-game show opens the night’s NBA coverage at 7 p.m.

On October 18, LeBron James will make his debut with the Lakers as Los Angeles takes on the Portland Trailblazers in the second game of that night’s double header.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m. ET.  The 76ers and Bulls open the schedule at 8 p.m. ET with Inside The NBA presented by Kia opening and closing the night.

Turner Sports’ season-opening NBA broadcast schedule switches over to NBA TV Saturday October 20 with coverage of the Raptors and Wizards at 7 p.m. The Rockets and Clippers close out Turner Sports’ opening week coverage Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

Turner Sports’ full 2018-’19 NBA broadcast schedule is expected to be announced this Friday, Aug. 10.  All games will be streamed online at http://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt and the Watch TNT app as well as participating TV providers’ websites and apps.  More information on Turner Sports’ NBA coverage is available online now at http://www.turner.com/pressroom/united-states/turner-sports.

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NL Central Foes, Chicago And St. Louis, Close Series Live Today on TBS

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National League Central foes, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs wrap up their four-game weekend series this afternoon, and the make or break game for the divisional foes will be broadcast live on TBS.

Coverage of today’s game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET, with Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling on the call.  The Cubs have taken two of the series’ games while the Cards only have one win, so today’s game could mean a series split if the Red Birds Win or a series win for the Cubs if they take the “W”.

Miles Mikolas (MY-koh-lahs) (10-3) is scheduled to get the start for St. Louis in today’s game.  His last time on the mound was July 15 against the Cincinnati Reds, another NL opponent.  The Cardinals won that game 6-4.

Mikolas pitched four innings in the game, but John Gant (3-3) was credited with the win.  Mikolas allowed 3 runs, 3 earned runs and 2 walks on 6 hits while striking out two during his time on the mound.

Jose Quintana (8-6) is set to start for Chicago.  His last time on the mound was 12 days ago on July 10 against San Francisco and was credited with the win in the game, having pitched six innings and allowing only 3 hits and 2 walks over that time while striking out 3 batters.  He allowed no runs, no earned runs or even home runs either.

Looking at those numbers, today’s series closer seems to lean in favor of the Cubs.  However, a deeper look at the numbers shows either team could walk away with the win today.  The host Cubs are 30-17 at home so far this season versus 27-23 on the road while St. Louis, which sits third in the NL Central, 7.5 games back from the division (and National League) -leading Cubs, is almost as good on the road as at home, going 26-24 on the road and 24-24 at home.

The Cards’ most recent win came Saturday against the Cubs, so they’ll be looking to even out the series at two games each as it closes.  The Cubs meanwhile will look to rebound from that loss so it can improve to 7-4 in its last 10 games.

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Yankees, Indians To Close Out 4-Game Weekend Series Live Sunday On TBS

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The New York Yankees opened a four-game series Thursday against the Cleveland Indians as Major League Baseball’s 2018 season moves into its mid-season break, and TBS will carry the closer in the teams’ series this Sunday.

The Indians will play host to their American League opponents in this series, which has increasing importance for both teams’ playoff chances.  Currently, New York sits second in the American League East at 61 – 31, 3.5 games back from the league leading Boston Red Sox and third in the AL.  Cleveland leads the American League Central at 50 – 42, but is currently sixth in the American League, just above the cutoff for the playoffs, so this four-game series is just as critical for Cleveland as it is for New York.

Masahiro Tanaka (7-2) is scheduled to start for the Yankees on Sunday.  He was just reactivated from the 10-day DL on July 10 against the Orioles.  The Os defeated the Yankees 6-5 in the game, though the loss went to Dellin Betances in that game.  Tanaka pitched 4.1 innings, but was a little rusty in his return, allowing 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks and 1 home run, while striking out 5 batters.  Needless to say he’ll be looking to knock off some more of that rust when he takes the mount Sunday afternoon.

Trevor Bauer (8-6) is scheduled to get the start for Cleveland in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was July 10 against Cincinnati.  Cincinnati shocked Cleveland in that game, putting up 7 runs in the 9th to take the 7-4 final.  While Bauer did pitch in that game, Cody Allen took the loss for Cleveland.  Bauer was strong over 8 inning,s allowing only 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 12 Reds batters.  He allowed no runs, earned runs or home runs over that time, so he will be hungry to repeat that performance Sunday against New York.

While Cleveland has been impressive at home this season at 29-18 versus a 21-24 road record, the team has also gone 5-5 in its last 10 games with its last game being a loss.  New York meanwhile has been far better overall, going 33-13 at home and 28-18 on the road, and 7-3 in its last 10 games.  The team is also in the midst of a 2-game win streak, strengthening the team’s odds even more for continued success against Cleveland not just Sunday but overall in this inter-divisional AL series.

Brian Anderson will have the call for Sunday’s game on TBS.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary.  Sunday’s game is just the first of TBS’ Sunday MLB broadcasts as the league makes its way through the second half of the season.  From here on out, the network will carry one game every Sunday afternoon through the end of the regular season.

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