We knew it was all going down in October. Now we know specifically when. From MLB:
Tiebreakers and Wild Card Games:
- Sunday, September 29: Last day of the regular season
- Monday, September 30: any tiebreakers, if necessary
- Tuesday, October 1: National League Wild Card Game
- Wednesday, October 2: American League League Wild Card Game
- Thursday, October 3: Both National League Division Series begins
- Friday, October 4: Both American League Division Series begin, NLDS continues
- Wednesday, October 9: Game Five of both NLDS, if necessary
- Thursday, October 10: Game Five of both ALDS, if necessary
League Championship Series:
- Friday, October 11: Game one of NLCS
- Saturday, October 12: Game one of ALCS
- Saturday, October 19: Gave Seven of NLCS, if necessary
- Sunday, October 20: Game Seven of ALCS, if necessary
- Wednesday, October 23: Game one of the World Series in the American League city
- Saturday, October 26: Game three of the World Series in the National League city
- Thursday, October 31: Game seven of the World Series, if necessary
As for the broadcasts:
- Tiebreakers, if necessary: TBS
- NL Wild Card Game: TBS
- AL Wild Card Game: TBS
- ALDS and NLDS: All games except two on TBS, two games on MLB Network
- NLCS: TBS
- ALCS: Fox
- World Series: Fox
After that you’re on your own until spring.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.