Major League Baseball released the start times and coverages for the National League Championship Series Wednesday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched home-field advantage throughout the entire playoffs, and will host the first two NLCS games at Chavez Ravine. Game 1 starts on Saturday evening at 5:08 p.m. PT, and Game 2 will begin at 4:38 p.m. PT on Sunday afternoon.
Game 1 of the NLCS: 5:08 p.m. PT
Game 2 of the NLCS: 4:38 p.m. PT
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) October 11, 2017
All games will be available to watch on TBS, the home of NLCS coverage.
The Dodgers are currently waiting to see who they’ll face after sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 in the NLDS. It remains to be seen who their next opponent will be, but the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs are currently tied at 2-2 in the other side of the bracket.
Los Angeles owns a regular season record of 3-3 against the Washington Nationals, and a 4-2 record against the Chicago Cubs in 2017. Both matchups will be a rematch from last year’s postseason action, and the Dodgers will certainly be ready for whichever ball club makes it out of the elimination game at Nationals Park Thursday night.
The Nationals and Cubs have immensely depended on using their best arms against each other during the opening round, and starting pitchers underwent plenty of stress while battling through counts in vigorous innings. Both batting orders have struggled as well, and these factors will certainly play a significant factor after short rest on Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
Dave Roberts said that he hasn't decided on a starter for Game 2 of the NLCS.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) October 11, 2017
Clayton Kershaw, and the Dodgers have the advantage going into the NLCS, even if Roberts is still undecided on his Game 2 starter. Rich Hill and Yu Darvish looked good during the NLDS, but All-Star starter Alex Wood is another option that hasn’t even had a chance to perform yet. He put up some solid performances against both possible opponents during the regular season, so it’ll be interesting to see who will take the mound at the top of the 1st inning in Game 2.
This perennial Dodgers offense has come back to life at the right time, and are showing signs of success that enabled the offense to explode during that previous 43-7 stretch this year. It’s looking good for the Boys in Blue, and they’ll be staying focused during their workout days before they find out who they’ll be matched up against on Saturday.