ESPN To Carry Extensive Coverage Of 2020 MLB Postseason

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ESPN’s family of networks will cover more than 20 games in Major League Baseball’s 2020 postseason schedule.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon.  The networks’ schedule will start with the 2020 Wild Card Series presented by Hankook Tire.  That series is scheduled to start Tuesday and run through Friday.  Its games will air on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2.

Among the series that the networks will cover are those of the Astros and Twins, Reds and Braves, and Cubs and Marlins.  ABC’s Sept. 29 game will mark the first time in 25 years that the network will carry a postseason MLB game.

The Twins and Astros will play in the noted game, which Karl Ravech will anchor.  Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian will provide additional commentary.

The Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox will air live at 3 p.m. ET Sept. 29 on ESPN.  Dave Fleming will have the call, while Jessica Mendoza and Rick Sutcliffe will provide additional commentary.

The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians will round out Tuesday’s broadcast schedule at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.  The Sunday Night Baseball team of Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez and Buster Olney will cover the game.

ESPN’s weekly MLB pre-game broadcast of Baseball Tonight will air twice Tuesday.  The first broadcast will air at 2 p.m. ET and the second at 6 p.m.  Kevin Connors will anchor with additional commentary from Mark Teixeira.

The full schedule for the ESPN networks’ 2020 MLB postseason is noted below.  Games will be called from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Analysts will appear remotely.

ESPN television schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Commentators Platform
Tue, Sept. 29 2 p.m. Game 1: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian ABC, ESPN App
3 p.m. Game 1: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza, ESPN, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 1: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera ESPN, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 1: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians (Statcast) Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello, Marly Rivera ESPN+
Wed, Sept. 30 12 p.m. Game 1: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel ESPN, ESPN App
1 p.m. “Squeeze Play” whiparound coverage Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello ESPN+
1 p.m. Game 2: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian ESPN2, ESPN App
2 p.m. Game 1: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers ABC, ESPN App
3 p.m. Game 2: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza ESPN, ESPN App
5 p.m. Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez ESPN2, ESPN App
7 p.m. Game 2: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera ESPN, ESPN App
10 p.m. Game 1: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez ESPN, ESPN App
Thu, Oct. 1 TBD Game 2: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel TBD
TBD “Squeeze Play” whiparound coverage Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello TBD
TBD Game 3: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins* if necessary Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian TBD
TBD Game 2: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers TBD
TBD Game 3: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics* if necessary Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza TBD
TBD Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez TBD
TBD Game 3: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians* if necessary Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly Rivera TBD
TBD Game 2: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez TBD
Fri, Oct. 2 TBD Game 3: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs* if necessary Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse Rogers TBD
TBD Game 3: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves* if necessary Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDaniel TBD
TBD Game 3: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers* if necessary Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez TBD
TBD Game 3: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers* if necessary 

(Statcast)

Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello, Alden Gonzalez TBD
TBD Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres* if necessary Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro Gomez TBD

 

ESPN Radio schedule and commentators (September 29-30):

Date Coverage Start Time (ET) Game Commentators
Tue, Sept. 29 1:45 p.m. Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins Kevin Brown, Chris Singleton
2:45 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics Jon Sciambi and Jim Bowden
4:45 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Dan Shulman, Chris Burke
6:45 p.m. New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Dave O’Brien, Chris Singleton
Wed, Sept. 30 1:45 p.m. Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs Kevin Brown, Jim Bowden
3:45 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Dan Shulman, Chris Burke
6:45 p.m. New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians Dave O’Brien, Chris Singleton
9:45 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers Dan Shulman, Jim Bowden

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ESPN To Feature Two Cross-Conference Matchups Sunday In Double Header Broadcast Schedule

The Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins will close out their three-game weekend series Sunday live on ESPN.

The teams are scheduled to take the field live at 7 p.m. ET.  on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell. Matt Vasgersian will have the call for the broadcast.  World Series Champion and EPN analyst Alex Rodriguez and ESPN Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney will join Vasgersian with additional commentary.

Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call for the game on ESPN Radio.

Yu Darvish (7-2) is scheduled to get the start for the host Cubs in Sunday night’s game.  His last time on the mound was Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.  Darvish pitched seven innings in the game, allowing nine hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out seven batters during his time on the mound.

Chicago eked out the 6-5 win in Tuesday’s game against Cleveland.  Jeremy Jeffress (4-1) was credited with the win in the matchup.

Jose’ Berri’os (4-3) is scheduled to get the start for Minnesota in Sunday’s game.  His last time on the mound was Monday against the Chicago White Sox, who have punched their ticket to the post season.  Barri’os pitched five innings in the game, allowing six hits, one earned run, and one walk while striking out two batters.

The White Sox won the noted game 3-1.  Taylor Rogers (1-4) took the loss for the Twins, having pitched less than an inning. He allowed two hits, two earned runs, and two walks.  He struck out none.

The Cubs took the lead game in this weekend’s series, 1-0.  The series’ second game is scheduled to take place tonight.  Alec Mills (5-3) is scheduled to get the start for the Cubs in tonight’s game.

Mills’ last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against Milwaukee.  The Cubs dominated the Brewers 12-0 in that game.  Mills made headlines that night, having pitched a perfect game.

Michael Pineda (1-0) is scheduled to get the start for the Twins in tonight’s game.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against Cleveland.  Minnesota won that game 7-5.  Caleb Thielbar was credited with the win, pitching less than an inning, allowing one run, one earned run, and wo walks while striking out one batter.

Sunday night’s series closer and tonight’s game are toss-ups, looking at the noted figures and the teams’ overall stats.  Each team is comfortably in the postseason fight in its respective conference and division.

Minnesota is looking to rebound tonight after Friday night’s loss to the Cubs.  The team 5-5 in its last 10 games, though.  Chicago meanwhile is 8-2 in its last 10 games.  Adding to the interest is that Chicago is 19-12 at home so far this season versus going 12-8 on the road.

The Twins have also proven far better at home this season (21-5) than on the road (10-17).

Sunday night’s game is just one of two in a double header schedule for ESPN.  the network will offer a matinee game live at 4 p.m. between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics in yet another cross-conference matchup.

That game is the closer in the teams’ three-game weekend series.  The American League West leading Athletics (32-19) took the series’ opener Friday 6-0 against the Giants (25-25) who sit third in the National League West.

Karl Ravech will have the call for Sunday afternoon’s game.  Analyst Eduardo Perez and MLB Hall-Of-Famer Chipper Jones will join Ravech and provide additional commentary.

Oakland has not yet announced who will start on the mound Sunday.  Johnny Cueto (2-1) is scheduled to get the start for the Giants.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 13 against the San Diego Padres during a double header that day.

The series’ second game is scheduled to take place at 4:10 p.m. ET today.  Jesus Luzardo (2-2) is scheduled to get the start in this afternoon’s game.  His last time on the mound was Sept. 14 against the Seattle Mariners during a double header schedule that day.

Kevin Gausman (3-2) is scheduled to get the start this afternoon for San Francisco.  He has not thrown a pitch since Sept. 7 against Arizona.  Gausman was credited with the win in the 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.  Over the course of six innings pitched, Gausman allowed two hits one run, one earned run, three walks, and struck out nine batters.

The Giants and Athletics are each h6-4 in their last 10 games, and while Gausman won his last game, the numbers still favor the Athletics in Saturday and Sunday’s games.  The As are 19-7 at home so far this season and 13-12 on the road.  The team’s win Friday is also part of a two-game win streak, meaning the team will come into this weekend’s games with some momentum.

The Giants meanwhile have struggled on the road this season, going 9-16 away.That is compared to a 16-9 home record so far.

Sunday’s double header schedule will launch at 3 p.m. with Baseball TonightSunday Night Countdown.  Kevin Connors will anchor the broadcast live from ESPN’s Bristol, CT studios.  World Series Champion and ESPN analyst Mark Teixeira will join Connors and provide additional commentary.

ESPN Analyst Tim Kurkjian and Olympic Gold Medalist Jessica Mendoza will join the broadcast remotely.

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Hoyas, Ducks Face Off At Annual Armed Forces Classic

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Georgetown University and the University of Oregon will face off in this year’s annual Armed Forces Classic presented by ESPN.  The game, in its second year, will be broadcast from the United States Army Garrison Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea.  It will air this Friday, November 8th at 8pm ET/10am local time on ESPN.  It all kicks off with SportsCenter Special: Armed Forces Classic pregame show at 7:30pm ET.  The Hoyas and Ducks will face each other inside the base’s three-story, 110,000 square foot Humphreys Community Fitness Center.

The now annual basketball game is at the heart of ESPN’s fifth annual America’s Heroes: A Salute to Our Veterans.  The celebration is a five-day effort that honors those that serve, have served, and those preparing to serve.  The network’s special programming runs from Wednesday, November 6th – Sunday, November 10th.  Dan Shulman will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Jay Bilas and courtside reporter Andy Katz.  Kevin Connors will anchor the game’s pre-game broadcast.  He will be joined by analyst Jay Williams.  The pair will also have halftime and post-game coverage.  The pair will welcome Georgetown’s own John Thompson III as a special guest on the pre-game broadcast.

The Hoyas are currently second in the Big East pre-season.  Number 19 Oregon has been picked to finish number four in the Pac-12 preseason media poll.

More information on the annual Armed Forces Classic is available online at http://espnevents.com/armed-forces-classic.  More information on ESPN’s college basketball coverage is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNCollegeBasketball and http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.