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MLB Playoff Schedule 2012: When and Where to Watch Every NLDS Game
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For you diehard baseball fans who have been patiently waiting to set your calendars around the 2012 National League Division Series, you are in luck.

With the St. Louis Cardinals defeating the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Friday in Major League Baseball's new Wild Card round, the dates and times have been set for the first three games in each series.

As expected, TBS and MLB Network will be handling most of the coverage and you won't want to miss a minute with four top-notch teams in action.

For that reason, here is a look at a preview of both series and where and when to watch each game on the docket. 

 

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals

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Coming off a controversial victory over the Atlanta Braves in their wild-card matchup, the Cardinals will want to prove their worth in the series' first two games at home.

For its part, St. Louis may just have the offensive firepower to take down the Nationals' vaunted pitching staff. The Cardinals led the MLB with a .338 on-base percentage and were fifth in the league with 765 runs scored.

It's likely that St. Louis will try any tactic, whether it be small ball or long ball, to come out on top. 

Nonetheless, the Cardinals face off against what may prove to be the National League's biggest juggernaut. Even without Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals boast a rotation that includes 20-game winner Gio Gonzalez and stalwart Jordan Zimmerman, who should start the two games in St. Louis.

What could prove to be Washington's downfall, however, is a lack of consistency with the bats. Just one regular starter in the Nationals' lineup, outfielder Jayson Werth, hit above the .300 mark in 2012—and he did so while playing in just 81 games.

If this series turns into a slugfest, it's likely that the Nationals will only be able to keep up by smashing the ball over the fence, which is something they did with regularity this season.

This is a fantastic matchup of two contrasting styles that could go all five games. 

 

Game 1

Where: Busch Stadium in St. Louis

When: Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3:07 p.m. ET

Watch: TBS/MLB Network

 

Game 2

Where: Busch Stadium in St. Louis

When: Monday, Oct. 8, at 4:37 p.m. ET

Watch: TBS

 

Game 3

Where: Nationals Park in Washington

When: Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Time TBD

Watch: TBS/MLB Network

 

Game 4 (if necessary)

Where: Nationals Park in Washington

When: Thursday, Oct. 11, at Time TBD

Watch: TBS

 

Game 5 (if necessary)

Where: Nationals Park in Washington

When: Friday, Oct. 12, at Time TBD

Watch: TBS

 

Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants

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If you love low-scoring baseball that is mostly determined by small ball and managerial strategy, then you will adore this series. 

The Reds come into their NLDS matchup fresh off a season where they ranked 21st in runs scored (669) and 17th in batting average (.251) while finishing in a tie for the third-best ERA (3.34). 

Considering that Great American Ballpark has a reputation as one of the best hitters' parks in Major League Baseball, both the dearth of hitting and the brilliance of the pitching staff are relatively shocking.

Meanwhile, the Giants also get things done in a relatively old-school fashion, avoiding an over-reliance on the long ball in favor of efficient hitting. Undoubtedly the leader of that charge is catcher Buster Posey, whose .336 batting average was tops in the league. 

It's likely that each game of this series will be won by whichever team puts the first run on the board. 

 

Game 1

Where: AT&T Park in San Francisco

When: Saturday, Oct. 6, at 9:37 p.m. ET

Watch: TBS

 

Game 2

Where: AT&T Park in San Francisco

When: Saturday, Oct. 6, at 9:37 p.m. ET

Watch: TBS/MLB Network

 

Game 3

Where: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati

When: Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 5:37 p.m. ET

Watch: TBS

 

Game 4 (if necessary)

Where: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati

When: Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Time TBD

Watch: TBS/MLB Network

 

Game 5 (if necessary)

Where: Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati

When: Thursday, Oct. 11, at Time TBD

Watch: TBS

 

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