ESPN Kicks Off 2015 MLB Post Season Coverage Tonight

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The 2015 MLB Playoffs are here!

In only a couple of hours, ESPN will kick off its coverage of the 2015 MLB post season. It all begins with a live broadcast of the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tires at 8pm ET tonight. Tonight’s AL wildcard game will pit the New York Yankees, who are no stranger to the post season, against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Whoever wins tonight’s game will go on to face Kansas City in the ALDS. That series kicks off October 8th. While both teams come into the post season on equal footing–NY is 45 – 36 at home while the Astros as 45 – 36 on the road–Houston would seem to have at least a little bit more of an advantage having gone 6 – 4 in its last ten and taken two of three against the D-backs over the weekend. NY meanwhile finished off the regular season on a three-game skid after having been swept by the Orioles over the weekend. The Astros will be hungry to keep the wins coming while the pinstripers will be looking heavily to get back on the winning track.

Jessica Mendoza will have the call for tonight’s game on ESPN. She will be the first-ever female analyst to call an MLB post season game. She will be joined in the booth by fellow analyst John Kruk and his Sunday Night Baseball co-host, veteran play-by-play man Dan Shulman. ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney will also be on hand for tonight’s game with all of the latest in-game news. Baseball fans not near a television need not worry about missing tonight’s broadcast. That is because the game will be simulcast on ESPN Radio stations across the country. Dave O’Brien and Aaron Boone will have the call for ESPN Radio. It will also air live online via WatchESPN and on ESPN Deportes for ESPN’s Spanish-Speaking audiences. And tomorrow night, ESPN Radio will also have full coverage of the National League Wild Card Game between the Pirates and Cubs. Coverage begins at 8pm ET. Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call and commentary for the game. More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

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ESPN Announces SNB Season Finale, First Post Season Game

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It’s hard to believe but another season of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is almost over.

Officials with the worldwide leader in sports announced this week that the season finale of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be Sunday, September 27th. The season finale will see the Pittsburgh Pirates taking on their NL Central foes the Chicago Cubs. There is currently no word on who will take the mound for either team in that game or either team’s rotation. The matchup will be a big one for both teams as both are currently in the hunt for a wild card spot in the playoffs. Coverage of the game is expected to begin at 8pm ET on ESPN. The game will also be simulcast on radio, television, and online via ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, and WatchESPN.

Dan Shulman will have the call for the Pirates/Cubs matchup, which will be the closer in a three-game series between the teams. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and John Kruk. Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for additional commentary and news. Sunday night’s broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be preceded, as always by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Coverage for that broadcast begins at 7pm ET. Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by analyst Aaron Boone and reporter Tim Kurkjian.

Along with its season finale of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell, ESPN has also announced the first game in its coverage of the 2015 MLB post season. In the first game of the post season, recently acquired Troy Tulowitzki and the Toronto Blue Jays host Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees on Tuesday, September 22nd. Fans can see the game on television and online via ESPN and WatchESPN. The remaining schedule of regular season games on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell is listed below.

Upcoming Sunday Night Baseball schedule

Date

Telecast

September 13

Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles presented by Taco Bell

September 20

New York Yankees at New York Mets presented by Taco Bell

September 27

Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs presented by Taco Bell

 

As an added bonus ESPN will also carry the 2015 AL Wild Card game on Tuesday, October 6th. More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

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Baltimore, Kansas City Face Off This Week On ESPN’s SNB

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The Orioles and Royals go under the lights weekend in this week’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell.

Officials with ESPN announced this week that the Orioles and Royals will face off live Sunday night in the closer of the teams’ three-game series.  That series kicks off Friday evening in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.  There is currently no word on who will take the mound for the “Orange Birds.”  On the other side of the ball, Yordano Ventura will start for Kansas City.  Ventura’s last time on the mound came Monday night against Minnesota.  The Twins won that game 6 – 2 in nine innings.  Ventura took the loss in the game.  He pitched 5.1 innings before being pulled.  He threw eight Ks before heading back to the dugout, but also allowed eight hits, four runs, four earned runs, five walks, and one home run.  Of his 107 total pitches, 65 were strikes for a roughly sixty-one percent strike rate over the course of those 5.1 innings.

Coming into this weekend’s series between the AL opponents, both teams are pretty close by the numbers.  Kansas City is 3 – 7 in its last ten games and lost its last game (a 3 – 2 loss against Minnesota).  The Royals’ road and home records are both in the black—48-27 (home), 35-29 (road)—while the Orioles have struggled a bit more with only their home record in the black.  Baltimore is 38 – 27 at home and 29-45 on the road.  However, the Orioles are also riding a two-game winning streak.  This means that this weekend’s series, including Sunday night’s game on ESPN, is sure to be a hard fought battle on both sides of the ball.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s game.  He will be joined in the booth by analysts Jessica Mendoza and John Kruk.  Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for additional commentary and news.  Ahead of Sunday night’s broadcast, ESPN will air Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet live beginning at 7pm ET.  Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined at the desk by analysts Aaron Boone and Tim Kurkjian.  Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown will be simulcast on television and online on ESPN and WatchESPN.  Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be simulcast on television, on radio, and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, and WatchESPN.

Along with its Sunday night coverage, ESPN Radio will also carry coverage of the series’ second game Saturday afternoon.  Broadcast of that game is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET.  Jon Sciambi will have the call for the game.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Chris Singleton.

More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

 

Website: http://espn.go.com/mlb

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Dodgers, Cubs Take Center Stage This Weekend On ESPN’s SNB

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This Sunday night, ESPN’s flagship baseball broadcast returns to the west coast once more for a matchup of the Dodgers and Cubs.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will come live from Dodgers Stadium this Sunday night as the Dodgers host the Chicago Cubs in the closer of a three-game series between the NL foes that kicks off Friday night. Currently no information is available about who will take the mound for either team in Sunday’s game. The Dodgers currently lead the NL West division by a game and a half over the Giants while the Cubs sit third in the NL Central six and a half games back from the division leading St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis also leads the league overall at 79 – 45. Speaking of the NL Central, before the Dodgers take on the Cubs this weekend, they will look to end their five-game skid as they kick off a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds tonight in Ohio’s Queen City. Cincinnati is currently in the basement in the NL Central at 52 – 71 having just ended its nine game skid last night with a come-from-behind 12 – 5 win against the Detroit Tigers. Los Angeles is 25 – 36 on the road so far this season verses its far more impressive home record of 42 – 20 and has gone 4 – 6 in its last ten games.

ESPN’s SNB team of Dan Shulman, Curt Schilling, and John Kruk will b in the booth for the call for Sunday’s game. They will be joined on the field by reporter Buster Olney for additional commentary. Sunday night’s broadcast will be preceded, as always by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Adnan Virk will anchor the broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by analyst Aaron Boone and ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian.

Those that won’t be near a television Sunday night can still catch that game live online via WatchESPN.

As an additional note, the rubber match in this weekend’s series between the Dodgers and Cubs will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio affiliates across the country Saturday evening at 8pm ET. Jon Sciambi will have the call for Saturday night’s game. He will be joined in the booth by Chris SIngleton for the broadcast.

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ESPN Heads To The Show Me State For Upcoming SNB, MNB Broadcasts

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ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell heads to Kansas City this weekend for a matchup between the red hot Royals and their American league foes, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Sunday’s broadcast will be the closer in the four-game series between the AL opponents. No information is available as of yet in regards to who will start for either team in Sunday’s game. Currently the Royals sit atop the American League standings at 67 – 44 on the season. Kansas City has gone 6 – 4 in its last ten games and is riding the wave of a four-game win streak with its latest win coming this past Monday, August 10th, against Detroit. The Angels sit fifth overall in the American League and second in the AL West, just one game back from the division-leading Astros. The Angels are 23 – 29 on the road, which does not bode well for the Halos as they roll into Kansas City beginning this Thursday. Kansas City is 38 – 18 at home so far this season. And being that the Angels have been slumping lately (they are 4 – 6 in their last ten games with their most recent loss coming at the hands of the Chicago White Sox 8 – 2), the team will have plenty to play for in its upcoming series against the Royals.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk for additional commentary. Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game news and all of the latest headlines from around the league. Sunday’s broadcast will be preceded as with every week by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Adnan Virk will anchor Sunday night’s broadcast. He will be joined at the desk by analyst Aaron Boone, ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian, and on-site reporter Nicole Briscoe. Coverage begins at 7pm ET and will be simulcast on television and online via ESPN and WatchESPN. Coverage of Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell will be simulcast on television, radio, and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio, and WatchESPN beginning at 8pm ET.

Sunday night’s AL matchup between the Royals and Angels will be followed up Monday night by a National League showdown between the Giants and Cardinals on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA. No information has been provided as of yet in regards to who will start the game for either team. The Cardinals sit atop the MLB standings right now with a 71 – 40 record so far on the season. The red birds also lead the NL standings and NL Central. San Francisco currently sits second in the NL West, two and a half games back from the division-leading Dodgers. Monday’s game is the opener in a three-game series between the teams.

Dave Fleming will have the call for Monday night’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Dallas Braden. Monday’s game will be simulcast on television and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and WatchESPN. Coverage kicks off at 8pm ET. More information on ESPN’s MLB coverage is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

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ESPN Networks To Carry Full Coverage Of This Weekend’s Dodgers-Pirates Series

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The ESPN family of networks has a special treat for baseball fans this weekend. It will bring full coverage of the Dodgers and Pirates this weekend in the teams’ weekend-spanning three-game series.

ESPN and family of networks will bring baseball fans full coverage of this weekend’s three-game series between the Dodgers and Pirates. It all kicks off tonight at 7pm ET on ESPN and WatchESPN with coverage presented by Taco Bell. Gerrit Cole is expected to get the start for the Pirates in tonight’s game while Clayton Kershaw will get the start for the Dodgers. Cole’s last start was this past Saturday against the Pirates’ NL Central foes, the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati got the win in that game, defeating Pittsburgh 4 – 3 with Cole taking the loss. Cole pitched five innings in that game, throwing a total of ninety-eighty pitches, sixty-six of which were strikes for a roughly sixty-eight percent strike rate. Speaking of strikes, Cole struck out five of twenty-three batters that he faced. He allowed four hits, two runs, two earned runs, one home run and walked two.

Clayton Kershaw last took the mound last Saturday against the Angels. The Dodgers got the 3 – 1 win in that game with Kershaw being credited with the win. Kershaw pitched one hundred fifteen pitches over eight innings in the game, seventy-seven of which were strikes. That’s a roughly sixty-seven percent strike rate. Of the twenty-six batters that Kershaw faced, he struck out seven, allowing only two hits, no runs and no earned runs among them. He walked only one.

Coming into tonight’s series’ opener, Los Angeles sits third in the National League standings behind the Cardinals and Pirates three games ahead of the Giants in the NL West. So this game and the pair to follow will be crucial for both teams as the race for the post season heats up. The Dodgers are currently 62 – 46 on the season, and 6 – 4 in their last ten games with two of those last ten being wins for the team. Tonight’s series opener will be especially interesting because both the Dodgers and Pirates have proven to be better at home than on the road. As a matter of fact, the teams’ home records are nearly identical with Pittsburgh currently going 36 – 18 at home so far this season and the Dodgers going 37 – 18 at home so far this season. Both teams’ road records are equally unstable. Pittsburgh has accrued a 26 – 26 road record while Los Angeles has gone 25 – 28 on the road so far this season.

Dan Shulman will have the call for tonight’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk. Reporter Buster Olney will also be on hand for all of the latest in-game reports and news from around the league.

The ESPN networks’ coverage of the series between the Pirates and Dodgers continues Saturday afternoon on ESPN Radio as Matt Latos and Francisco Liriano take to the mound for the Dodgers and Pirates respectively. John Sciambi will have the call for that game. He will be joined by analyst Chris Singleton. Coverage for Saturday night’s game is scheduled for a 3pm ET start.

This weekend’s coverage of the Dodgers and Pirates is rounded out Sunday night on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell and Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet. Karl Ravech will anchor Sunday night’s edition of Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet, which begins at 7pm ET. He will be joined at the desk by Aaron Boone, Tim Kurkjian, and reporter Nicole Briscoe. Those that won’t be near a TV can catch Sunday Night Countdown on ESPN Radio, hosted by Jon Sciambi. It will also be simulcast online on WatchESPN and on ESPN Deportes for MLB’s Spanish-speaking audiences. Dan Shulman will have the call on Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. That broadcast is scheduled for an 8pm ET start. Shulman will be joined in the booth once again by his SNB cohorts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and on the field by reporter Buster Olney. Charlie Morton is expected to get the start for Pittsburgh and Alex Wood for Los Angeles.

More information on the ESPN networks’ coverage of this weekend’s series between the Pirates and Dodgers is available online now along with all of the latest MLB headlines at:

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ESPN Sets Its Sights On NL Playoff Race Sunday And Monday On SNB, MNB

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August, for most people, is part of what is known as the “dog days of summer.” It is one of the hottest times of the year weather-wise. It is also one of the hottest times of the year for Major League Baseball. That is because things really start to get heated in the race for the playoffs. And this weekend things will definitely get hot in the Big Apple as the Mets host the Nationals on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell in a National League showdown that will definitely have playoff implications for both teams.

Sunday’s game will be the closer in a three-game series between the NL East foes. The series kicks off Friday evening at Shea Stadium. Noah Syndergaard is expected to take the mound for the hometown boys while Jordan Zimmerman is expected to start for the Nats. Syndergaard’s last time taking the mound was Tuesday against the Padres and was credited with the win in that game. He pitched eight innings, allowing only three hits, no runs, no earned runs, and no walks En route to the win. He also struck out nine batters and allowed no home runs.

Zimmerman’s last time on the mound was Tuesday against Miami. Zimmerman took the loss in Miami’s 4 – 1 win over the Nats. He allowed eight hits, three runs, three earned runs, and two walks over six innings and struck out only two batters before being pulled in the seventh.

The Nationals currently lead the National League East division with the Mets trailing in second place by only a single game. Right now the Mets sit precariously in seventh place in the National League standings only a spot ahead of eighth place Arizona, who sits right now at 48 – 51 on the season. New York currently sits 52 – 48 on the season and split its last ten games going 5 – 5 along the way. However, the team is currently in the midst of a three-game win streak that includes a win Tuesday night against the Padres in New York. Tuesday’s game is part of a three-game home stand against the Padres that wraps Thursday night at Shea Stadium. By the numbers, the Mets are much better at home (35 – 16) than on the road (17 – 32). That bodes well for the Mets as the team continues its home stand this weekend against the Nats as they, too are better at home than on the road, going 28 – 19 at home and 24 – 27 on the road so far this season.

Dan Shulman will have the call for Sunday night’s game between the Mets and Nats. He will be joined by his SNB cohorts-analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk—in the booth. Reporters Buster Olney will also be on hand with all of the latest news and updates on the game and from around the league. Broadcast is scheduled to begin at 8pm ET. It will be preceded, as it is each week, by Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown presented by Chevrolet, at 7pm ET. Karl Ravech will anchor the broadcast and will be joined by analyst Rick Sutcliffe and reporter Nicole Briscoe. Those that won’t be near a TV Sunday night can still catch both broadcasts online via WatchESPN. Sunday’s game will be simulcast in Spanish via ESPN Deportes for ESPN’s Spanish-speaking audiences.

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Monday night on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball presented by USAA, the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates open a three-game series between the NL Central foes. This series, too has playoff implications as both teams are in the hunt for the post-season with Pittsburgh currently sitting second in the National League at 58 – 41, five and a half games back from the NL-leading Cardinals. Chicago sits sixth in the National League standings at 52 – 47. Pittsburgh has split its last ten games, going 5 – 5 along the way and has won its last two games. Before hosting the Cubs next Monday, Pittsburgh looks to finish off the Twins tonight in the teams’ two-game series before heading to Cincinnati to face the struggling Reds in a four-game series that wraps this Sunday night. While Pittsburgh is far better at home than on the road, the team’s series against Cincinnati could improve its road record if the Reds’ struggles continue. And that could play into Pittsburgh’s momentum as it opens its series against the Cubs Monday night. Dave O’Brien will have the call for Monday’s game. He will be joined in the booth by analysts Aaron Boone and Dallas Braden for additional commentary and coverage.  Monday’s game will be simulcast on television and online via ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and WatchESPN. Currently there is no information regarding who will take the mound for the Pirates or Cubs for Monday’s game. Fans on both sides of the ball can keep up with that information online now along with all of the latest baseball news at:

 

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