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ESPN’s Exclusive Coverage of the 2018 MLB National League Wild Card Game Presented by Hankook Tire

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Sunday Night Baseball’s Matt Vasgersian, Jessica Mendoza, Alex Rodriguez & Buster Olney to Call Win-Or-Go-Home Game on ESPN

ESPN2 to Offer First Alternative Viewing Experience for a Wild Card Game

Baseball Tonight, SportsCenter & Intentional Talk Part of Full Day of NL Wild Card Coverag

The 2018 MLB Postseason begins Tuesday, Oct. 2, exclusively on ESPN with the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN App. Entering play on Sept. 27, the NL Wild Card race remains close with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers currently occupying the positions. Here is a link to the NL Wild Card scenarios: 2018 Hunt For October. ESPN will exclusively televise any tiebreaker games on Monday, Oct. 1.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball team of play-by-play voice Matt Vasgersian, analysts Alex Rodriguez and Jessica Mendoza and reporter Buster Olney will provide commentary for the win-or-go-home game. This will be Mendoza and Olney’s fourth and fifth time calling a Wild Card Game on ESPN, respectively. It makes the first for Vasgersian and Rodriguez.

In a Wild Card Game first, ESPN2 will televise an alternative viewing experience for this event, driven largely by on-screen graphics, data and information from Statcast. This telecast will include its own commentator team of play-by-play voice Jason Benetti, analyst Eduardo Pérez and MLB.com Statcast writer, Mike Petriello.

Pre-game coverage

ESPN will air two, on-site editions of Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet on Tuesday, Oct. 2, (5 p.m. and 7 p.m.) with the second show leading into the exclusive presentation of the National League Wild Card Game. Karl Ravech, analysts Mark Teixeira, David Ross, Pérez and Tim Kurkjian will break down all the key storylines for the game and preview the full MLB Postseason.

The Baseball Tonight team will also provide updates within the 6 p.m. edition of SportsCenter, which is hosted by Kevin Negandhi and Keith Olbermann. The post-game edition of SportsCenter will include instant reaction, highlights and post-game interviews.

MLB Intentional Talk with co-hosts Chris Rose and Kevin Millar will lead off NL Wild Card coverage at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.

ESPN Radio

Dan Shulman and analyst Chris Singleton will describe the action for the National League Wild Card Game on ESPN Radio at 8 p.m. Kevin Winter will provide pre-game commentary starting at 7:30 p.m.

ESPN Radio will also broadcast the American League Wild Card Game on Wednesday, Oct. 3, with Jon Sciambi and Pérez on the call. Marc Kestecher will provide 30 minutes of pre-game coverage leading up to first pitch. Audio from ESPN Radio broadcasts is available on the ESPN App and at ESPNRadio.com.

ESPN Deportes

Ernesto Jerez and Luis Alfredo Alvarez will provide commentary for the National League Wild Card Game on ESPN Deportes, while Renato Bermudez and Jorge Ebro will call the game for ESPN Deportes Radio. José Francisco Rivera and Orlando “El Duque” Hernández will call the American League Wild Card Game on ESPN Deportes Radio on Oct. 3.

On Deck

Tomorrow, Sept. 28, as part of ESPN’s MLB Postseason Impact Game schedule presented by BMW, the St. Louis Cardinals – currently one game behind the Dodgers for the second Wild Card spot – visit the National League Central-leading Chicago Cubs at 2:20 p.m. on ESPN. Sciambi and Rick Sutcliffe will call the action that could have direct implications for next week’s National League Wild Card Game.

All ESPN MLB games and studio shows are also available to stream on the ESPN App.

ESPN MLB National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire Day Schedule

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network(s)
Tue, Oct 2 4 p.m. MLB Intentional Talk
Chris Rose, Kevin Millar
ESPN2
  5 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Mark Teixeira, David Ross, Eduardo Pérez, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2
  6 p.m. SportsCenter

Kevin Negandhi, Keith Olbermann

ESPN
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight presented by Chevrolet

Karl Ravech, Mark Teixeira, David Ross, Eduardo Pérez, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN
  8 p.m. 2018 National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire

Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Jessica Mendoza, Buster Olney

ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN
  2018 National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire: Statcast Edition

Jason Benetti, Eduardo Pérez, Mike Petriello

ESPN2
  Post-game SportsCenter

John Anderson, Kenny Mayne

ESPN

 

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ESPN MLB contacts:

Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]. Twitter: @Ben_ESPN;

Michael Skarka at 860-766-1342 or [email protected]. Twitter: @Michael_ESPN.