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ESPN to Televise Seven of Eight MLB Wild Card Series


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ESPN will exclusively televise seven of the eight 2020 MLB Wild Card Series as part of the expanded MLB Postseason, from Tuesday, September 29 through Friday, October 2nd.

ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise up to 21 games in four days, including seven games on September 30 as part of the first-of-its-kind MLB Postseason event.

ESPN platforms will exclusively televise all National League Wild Card Series games and three out of four American League Wild Card Series games. All games will also be available to stream via the ESPN App.

Coverage of the best of three series will begin with three games across platforms on September 29. ABC will broadcast its first MLB Postseason game in 25 years (since 1995), starting at 2 p.m. ET on September 29, as the Minnesota Twins host the Houston Astros.

Karl Ravech will provide commentary with analysts Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian. At 3 p.m. on ESPN, the Chicago White Sox will visit the Oakland Athletics. Dave Flemming will call the action with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Rick Sutcliffe.

The New York Yankees will visit the Cleveland Indians on September 29 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN with the Sunday Night Baseball team providing commentary. Matt Vasgersian will call the game with analyst Alex Rodriguez and reporter Buster Olney.

A Statcast-driven alternate presentation of Yankees vs. Indians will air live on ESPN+. ESPN MLB reporters, including Marly Rivera, Alden Gonzalez, Kiley McDaniel and ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez will also contribute to telecasts throughout the MLB Wild Card Series.

ESPN commentator assignments:

• Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez and Buster Olney to call the (5) New York Yankees vs. (4) Cleveland Indians series with Marly Rivera also reporting and the (7) Cincinnati Reds vs. (2) Atlanta Braves series with Kiley McDaniel also reporting.
• Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and Tim Kurkjian to call the (6) Houston Astros vs. (3) Minnesota Twins series and (8) Milwaukee Brewers vs. (1) Los Angeles Dodgers series.
• Jon Sciambi, Chipper Jones and Jesse Rogers to call the (6) Miami Marlins vs. (3) Chicago Cubs series.
• Dave Flemming and analyst Jessica Mendoza to call the (7) Chicago White Sox vs. (2) Oakland Athletics series.
• Tom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe and Pedro Gomez to call the (5) St. Louis Cardinals vs. (4) San Diego Padres series.

MLB Wild Card Series on ESPN+

For the first time, ESPN will offer its MLB Statcast-driven alternate presentations on ESPN+, beginning September 29, at 7 p.m. ET for the New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians game. Jason Benetti will provide commentary with analyst Kyle Peterson and MLB Statcast Insider Mike Petriello. The trio will also call an additional game on Friday, October 2, currently slated as Game 3 between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers, if necessary.

The Statcast team will also anchor ESPN+’s first live MLB whiparound show called “Squeeze Play” on both September 30 and October 1. The team will go live on Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET to begin approximately 10 hours of live coverage each day, cutting in to key moments in MLB Wild Card Series matchups and providing expert analysis and commentary. “Squeeze Play” will provide coverage through the conclusion of the 7 p.m. ET games on those evening.

ESPN’s MLB Wild Card Series game coverage will emanate from its Bristol, Conn. studios. Play-by-play commentators will generally call games from the studios with analysts generally appearing remotely. Reporters will appear on site at select venues.

TV Schedule

DateTime (ET)GameCommentatorsPlatform
Tue, Sept. 292 p.m.Game 1: Houston Astros at Minnesota TwinsKarl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim KurkjianABC, ESPN App
 3 p.m.Game 1: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsDave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza,ESPN, ESPN App
 7 p.m.Game 1: New York Yankees at Cleveland IndiansMatt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly RiveraESPN, ESPN App
 7 p.m.Game 1: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians (Statcast)Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello, Marly RiveraESPN+
Wed, Sept. 3012 p.m.Game 1: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta BravesMatt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDanielESPN, ESPN App
 1 p.m.“Squeeze Play” whiparound coverageJason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike PetrielloESPN+
 1 p.m.Game 2: Houston Astros at Minnesota TwinsKarl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim KurkjianESPN2, ESPN App
 2 p.m.Game 1: Miami Marlins at Chicago CubsJon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse RogersABC, ESPN App
 3 p.m.Game 2: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsDave Flemming, Jessica MendozaESPN, ESPN App
 5 p.m.Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego PadresTom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro GomezESPN2, ESPN App
 7 p.m.Game 2: New York Yankees at Cleveland IndiansMatt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly RiveraESPN, ESPN App
 10 p.m.Game 1: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles DodgersKarl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden GonzalezESPN, ESPN App
Thu, Oct. 1TBDGame 2: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta BravesMatt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDanielTBD
 TBD“Squeeze Play” whiparound coverageJason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike PetrielloTBD
 TBDGame 3: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins* if necessaryKarl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim KurkjianTBD
 TBDGame 2: Miami Marlins at Chicago CubsJon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse RogersTBD
 TBDGame 3: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics* if necessaryDave Flemming, Jessica MendozaTBD
 TBDGame 2: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego PadresTom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro GomezTBD
 TBDGame 3: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians* if necessaryMatt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Marly RiveraTBD
 TBDGame 2: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles DodgersKarl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden GonzalezTBD
Fri, Oct. 2TBDGame 3: Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs* if necessaryJon Sciambi, Chipper Jones, Jesse RogersTBD
 TBDGame 3: Cincinnati Reds at Atlanta Braves* if necessaryMatt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Buster Olney, Kiley McDanielTBD
 TBDGame 3: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers* if necessaryKarl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden GonzalezTBD
 TBDGame 3: Milwaukee Brewers at Los Angeles Dodgers* if necessary(Statcast)Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson, Mike Petriello, Alden GonzalezTBD
 TBDGame 3: St. Louis Cardinals at San Diego Padres* if necessaryTom Hart, Rick Sutcliffe, Pedro GomezTBD

Baseball Tonight will air two shows on Tuesday, September 29 – from 2-3 p.m. ET and again from 6-7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Baseball Tonight will also provide studio updates and show highlights throughout the MLB Wild Card Series. Studio coverage will be hosted by Kevin Connors and feature analyst Mark Teixeira.