The television schedule for the first-ever wild card round is out, and the Dodgers will open their postseason with a night game against the Brewers.
Game 1 of the Dodgers’ wild card round will start at 7 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and will be televised by ESPN. It’s the latest of eight games on Wednesday, with every American League wild card round Game 2 and every National League Game 1 on the docket.
At least part of the Dodgers’ postseason opener on Wednesday will be opposite the Lakers, who play the Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals beginning at 6 p.m. PT on ABC.
Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw will start the first two games for the Dodgers, in that order. Both will be pitching on five days rest.
Game 2 of Dodgers-Brewers will be Thursday, October 1. Game 3, if necessary, is set for Friday, October 2, and will be televised by ESPN. The Dodgers haven’t named a potential starter for that game, but manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May, and Julio Urías will all be on the wild card roster, in some role. The latter two games of the series will be televised by one of ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC.
All three games will be at Dodger Stadium, with the Dodgers the home team in every game.
The four American League wild card round series begin on Tuesday, with the NL wild card round series starting the next day. That guarantees eight playoff games on Wednesday and, depending on how many of the AL series last three games, potentially eight games on Thursday as well.
The ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ABC) will televise seven of the eight wild card round series, with TBS taking the reins on the Rays-Blue Jays American League wild card round series.
Dodgers vs. Brewers wild card round schedule
|1||Wed, Sep 30||Walker Buehler vs. Brent Suter||Dodger Stadium||7:08 p.m.||ESPN|
|2||Thu, Oct 1||Clayton Kershaw vs. Brandon Woodruff||Dodger Stadium||7:08 p.m.||ESPN|
|3*||Fri, Oct 2||TBD vs. TBD||Dodger Stadium||3:38 p.m.^||ESPN|