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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Yanks Look To Sweep Jays Sunday In Weekend Series Finale Live On TBS

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The New York Yankees continue their post season hunt Sunday afternoon on TBS as they close out a three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The “Bronx Bombers” just wrapped the second win of the series earlier today, taking Game Two 11-6 against Toronto.  Luis Severino (15-6) was credited with the win for New York while Sean Reid-Foley (0-2) took the loss for the Jays.

J.A. Happ (13-6) is expected to get the start Sunday afternoon for the Yankees. His last time on the mound was August 14 against Tampa Bay.  Happ was credited with the win in the Yanks’ 4-1 victory over the Rays in that game, allowing only 1 hit and 4 walks over 7 innings while striking out 4 batters.

Ryan Borucki (2-2) is expected to get the start for Toronto.  His last time on the mound was also August 14 when Toronto took on the Royals.  Jake Petricka (2-1) was credited with the win for Toronto while Borucki struggled slightly over the course of just four innings.  Borucki only struck out one batter while allowing four runs on six hits, four earned runs and four walks, so he’ll be looking to improve Sunday afternoon when the Blue Jays close out this weekend’s series against the Yankees in the teams’ American League East matchup.

While the Yankees (76-46) — currently second in the American League —  have taken two of three already this weekend from the Blue Jays, it won’t make too much difference in the race against long-time rivals the Boston Red Sox.  However, one more win is still critical for the “Pinstripers” because New York is just ahead of Houston (74-48) and Oakland (73-49) in the American League standings, so Sunday’s game will still have its own importance for New York as it tries to maintain its place in the race to the post season.

The Blue Jays also have nothing to lose as they sit below the cutoff line in the American League standings for the post season at 55-67 with little chance at a playoff spot. This weekend’s losses have Toronto in the midst of a two-game losing streak and have dropped the team to 4-6 in its last 10 games.  The losses drop Toronto’s road record now to 26-35 so far on the season versus a 29-32 home record, so by the numbers, the odds are in New York’s favor to sweep this weekend’s series against Toronto.

Brian Anderson will anchor Sunday’s broadcast live from New York.  He will be joined in the booth by analyst Ron Darling for additional commentary.  Coverage is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. live on TBS.  More information on Sunday’s game and all of the network’s Major League Baseball coverage 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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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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ESPN Announces Extensive Broadcast Coverage Schedule For T-Mobile Home Run Derby

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It’s almost time again for Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, and with its return next week is also the return of its heavy hitters showcase in the annual Home Run Derby.  ESPN will carry exclusive coverage of the exhibition competition live, Monday, July 16.

Coverage of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Karl Ravech will anchor Monday night’s showcase.  Former World Series Champion and current ESPN analyst Marx Teixeira will join Ravech in the booth for additional commentary.  Jessica Mendoza will be on the field with all of the latest interviews with this year’s field of hitters while reporter Buster Olney will have all of the latest news from the field.

While coverage of the competition starts Monday night, ESPN’s networks will have on-site coverage starting Monday afternoon at 3 ET.  It all starts with a special 90-minute edition of Baseball Tonight, Baseball TonightAll-Star Media Day from 3 – 4:30 on ESPN live from Nationals Park.

Baseball TonightHome Run Derby — Around The Cage follows from 4:30 – 5:30 on ESPN.  The broadcast will include interviews with the competitors.  Adnan Virk will anchor the broadcast.  He will be joined by David Ross, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez for additional commentary.

Pardon The Interruption continues the afternoon’s coverage live from Nationals Park from 5:30 – 6.  Over on ESPN2, Chris Rose and Kevin Miller will be have even more coverage on Intentional Talk from 5 – 6.  The anticipation keeps building at 6 p.m. on an hour-long edition of SportsCenter on ESPNwith Keith Olbermann and Karl Ravech co-hosting.

The Home Run Derby Preview Show leads into the “big game” at 7 p.m. on ESPN.  Adnan Virk, David Ross, Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez will have broadcast duties during the hour-long broadcast.

Those who won’t be near a television during the derby can still catch it online as it will be simulcast online via the ESPN App.  Over on ESPNEWS, viewers will get a first-of-its kind broadcast of the derby — a graphics intense broadcast loaded with data from Statcast. Jason Benetti and Eduardo Perez will partner for the broadcast.

ESPN Radio , ESPN Deportes and ESPN Deportes Radio will also simulcast Monday night’s showdown.  Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton will have the call while Marc Kestecher and analyst Tim Kurkjian carry pre-game coverage.

Coverage on ESPN Deportes starts at 7 p.m. with a on-hour edition of SportsCenter.  Ernesto Jerez will anchor the broadcast of the derby itself.  He will be joined by analyst Luis Alfredo Alvarez for additional commentary.  Reporter Guillermo Celis will be on the field for all of the latest interviews and news.

Over on ESPN Deportes Radio, Eduardo Ortega will have the call for Monday night’s matchup of hitters.  He will be joined by analyst Renato Bermudez for additional commentary while reporter Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez will be on the field for all of the latest interviews and news.

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