For the first time in the decade-long history of the wild card game, the Dodgers have to play a one-game, winner-take-all game just to get to the division series. They host the Cardinals on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium in the National League wild card game.
TBS will televise all of the National League playoffs, starting with the wild card game, which starts at 5:10 p.m. PT. Brian Anderson is the play-by-play announcer, alongside Ron Darling as analyst, with Lauren Shehadi the on-field reporter. That same crew will call the NLDS that starts in San Francisco on Friday.
A pregame show on TBS starts at 4 p.m., with Ernie Johnson hosting in studio along with three former Dodgers: Pedro Martinez, Jimmy Rollins, and Curtis Granderson.
The 16-win gap between the two teams is the largest in wild card game history, with the 106-win Dodgers facing the 90-win Cardinals.
Max Scherzer starts for the Dodgers in the wild card game. The right-hander, acquired from the Nationals on July 30, was 7-0 with 1.98 ERA with Los Angeles, with the Dodgers winning all 11 of his starts.
“You kind of throw all streaks, all stats, everything out the window,” Scherzer said Tuesday. “Some crazy things happen when you get into October baseball. All that stuff doesn’t matter. It literally just matters to go out there and play your best baseball, and you need the whole team to play the best baseball. That’s the only way you win these games.”
Adam Wainwright starts for the Cardinals after having a resurgent season at age 40. The right-hander was 17-7 with a 3.05 ERA in 32 starts, with his 174 strikeouts and 206⅓ innings his most since 2014.
Dodger Stadium info
For those going to the game, parking lot gates will open at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, and the stadium gates will open at 3:10 p.m.
Jaime Camil will sing the national anthem.
NL wild card game info
- Time: 5:10 p.m. PT
- Teams: Dodgers (106-56) vs. Cardinals (90-72)
- Location: Dodger Stadium
- TV: TBS (Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Lauren Shehadi)
- Streaming: TBS.com, Watch TBS app