LOS ANGELES — The NLCS begins on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium, with the Dodgers and Cubs starting Game 1 at 5:08 p.m. PT. Here is pertinent pregame information for this weekend at Dodger Stadium, for the first two games of the series.
Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 on Saturday is Tommy Davis, who captured the last batting title by a Dodgers hitter*, in 1963.
*Note: Eddie Murray led the majors in batting average in 1990 (.330), but Willie McGee won the National League batting title because his average with the Cardinals (.335) was higher than his overall average (.324) and McGee’s stats from the American League — he was traded to Oakland — didn’t count toward the NL batting title.
Davis won two straight batting titles, also hitting .346 in 1962, the year he set Dodgers franchise records with 230 hits (LA record) and 153 RBI.
Manny Mota will throw out the first pitch before Game 2 on Sunday. He’s in his 49th season with the organization as a player, coach, and — for the last eight years — as a broadcaster. Mota hit .315/.374/.391 in parts of 13 seasons with the Dodgers, including 106 of his then-record 149 career pinch-hits.
Mota’s .315 batting average ranks second among LA Dodgers, only trailing Mike Piazza (.331).
Other pregame notes
- Signing the national anthem before Game 1 is Keith Williams Jr., and before Game 2 will be Tinashe.
- Stadium and auto gates at Dodger Stadium open roughly three hours before game time on both days this weekend, so 2:10 p.m. PT on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
- Parking at Dodger Stadium for the NLCS is $20 if purchased in advance, and $30 if purchased at the gate. That’s up from $15 and $25 in the NLDS.
- Pregame festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. before Game 1 (a 5:08 p.m. first pitch) and 4:15 p.m. before Game 2 (4:38 p.m. first pitch).