The Dodgers will begin their championship quest on Wednesday night, the last of an eight-game MLB bacchanal on the second day of the 2020 playoffs.
Game 1 of the wild card series against the Brewers begins at 7:08 p.m. PT on ESPN, with Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian on the call, along with reporter Alden Gonzalez. The Spanish-language broadcast will be joined in progress on ESPN Deportes after the conclusion of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, but available online in its entirety on Watch ESPN.
Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers on Wednesday, his second career Game 1 start, along with last year’s NLDS.
The Brewers will counter with Brent Suter in what is essentially a bullpen game. He was excellent for Milwaukee this season, posting a 3.13 ERA and 3.00 FIP with 38 strikeouts against only five walks in 31⅔ innings.
The left-handed Suter made four abbreviated starts down the stretch, the longest of which was four scoreless innings last Friday in St. Louis.
“We’ll see how the game is going. He’s capable of anything, really,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said on a conference call Tuesday. “I’m very comfortable having him be the guy here.
“We’re on Plan B, but it’s a good Plan B, I’ll say.”
Plan A for the Brewers would have been starter Corbin Burnes, but he’s out with an oblique injury for this round.
The Dodgers aren’t as susceptible to pitching changes as the last time these two teams met in the postseason. In the 2018 NLCS, the Dodgers were platooning at four positions, but this year they essentially have eight locked-in starters, with Chris Taylor and A.J. Pollock playing their way into more robust roles this season.
“I don’t know what their game plan is, but you’ve got to be prepared for anything,” manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday. “I really like the way offensively with guys that can handle both [left and right], and the way we structure our lineup we can sort of combat anything.”
SportsNet LA won’t be televising any postseason games, but they will have pre- and post-game shows before and after every Dodgers playoff game, beginning on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Game 1 info
- Time: 7:08 p.m. PT
- TV: ESPN
- Announcers: Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian, Alden Gonzalez
- Online streaming: Watch ESPN, fuboTV
Wednesday MLB schedule
(all times PT)
- 9:08 a.m.: Reds at Braves, Game 1 (ESPN)
- 10:08 a.m.: Astros at Twins, Game 2 (ESPN2)
- 11:08 a.m.: Marlins at Cubs, Game 1 (ABC)
- 12:10 p.m.: White Sox at A’s, Game 2 (ESPN)
- 1:07 p.m.: Blue Jays at Rays, Game 2 (TBS)
- 2:08 p.m.: Cardinals at Padres, Game 1 (ESPN2)
- 4:08 p.m.: Yankees at Indians, Game 2 (ESPN)
- 7:08 p.m.: Brewers at Dodgers, Game 1 (ESPN)