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Dodgers vs. Padres NLDS Game 1 viewing guide

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6:38 p.m. PT start time for the opener on Tuesday night

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The Dodgers begin their National League Division Series on Tuesday night, playing the Padres in Game 1 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

NLDS Game 1 info

  • Time: 6:38 p.m. PT
  • Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
  • TV: FS1 (Joe Davis, John Smoltz, Ken Rosenthal)
  • Streaming: Fox Sports Go, fuboTV

So many things about this season and this series feel odd, like the Dodgers and Padres staying at the same hotel, and the fact that this series is at an American League park, beginning one day after Dodger Stadium already hosted a division series game, between the Astros and A’s.

But we’ll get a little sense of normalcy in the NLDS, with Dodgers play-by-play announcer calling at least two, and as many as four games in this series for FS1. Davis and the Fox Sports crew are in Arlington, where he will call the game in person alongside John Smoltz, with Ken Rosenthal the reporter on the scene for Games 1, 2, and potentially Games 4 and 5 if necessary.

Which means it’s less likely we’ll hear surprise if and when Walker Buehler shows emotion on the mound in Game 1, as we heard last week on ESPN.

Smoltz is the one constant among the on-air broadcast crew, serving as analyst for Game 3 on MLB Network, with Matt Vasgersian holding play-by-play duty and Jon Morosi reporting from the scene.

There’s more anticipation to this series than the last, and not just because the Padres had the second-best record in the National League this season. There’s familiarity, with these two teams having played 10 times during the regular season. They know each other. That should bode well for a compelling series between two very good teams.

The umpires for this series features three who worked the Dodgers-Brewers wild card series (Lance Barrett, Quinn Wolcott, and Alfonso Marquez), two who worked Padres-Cardinals (Doug Eddings, Bill Miller), plus Angel Hernandez. Miller is the crew chief for this series, and here are their assignments for Game 1:

  • Home plate: Barrett
  • First base: Hernandez
  • Second base: Miller
  • Third base: Eddings
  • Left field: Marquez
  • Right field: Wolcott

The rotation is such that the home plate umpire moves to right field for the next game, with everyone else bumped up a slot. Hernandez will call balls and strikes for Game 2, Miller in Game 3, Eddings in Game 4, and Marquez in Game 5.

Tuesday brings us four games, the first of at least two such days we’ll get this week. Every Dodgers-Padres game will be held at night, as will every game of Rays-Yankees from San Diego. That means A’s-Astros and Braves-Marlins are relegated to daytime baseball for the week.

Dodgers-Padres has the latest start time on Tuesday. Here’s how to keep track of things on a full day of baseball.

Tuesday MLB schedule

  • 11:08 a.m. PT: Marlins vs. Braves, Game 1 (FS1)
  • 1:37 p.m.: Astros vs. A’s, Game 2 (TBS)
  • 5:10 p.m.: Yankees vs. Rays, Game 2 (TBS)
  • 6:38 p.m.: Dodgers vs. Padres, Game 1 (FS1)