The Washington Nationals face the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis Sunday, with the game airing on TBS at 3 p.m. ET. The broadcast team is led by a Washington fan favorite Dick Stockton handling the play-by-play with analyst Bob Brenly and Washington's own David Aldridge doing the in-game reporting.
Plenty of pregame coverage begins at noon ET on the Nationals' flagship station 106.7 the Fan in DC with a three-hour pregame show. On TV it will be MASN with a special Nats Xtra Playoff edition airing at 2 p.m. ET
If you are out of the Washington market and wish to listen to the game, ESPN Radio will offer the national broadcast. You can also download their mobile app for your tablet or smartphone and listen to the game free.
Should you wish to listen to the game with the local broadcasters, that can be done on MLB Post Season for a one time charge of $4.99. The service also offers the subscriber the option to view the TBS feed on their computer, tablet or smartphone.
Also MLB.com offers the old, free pitch by pitch text-style coverage, should you wish to follow the game that way.
So what can Nationals fans expect from their local coverage teams?
With the Nationals' playoff games on TBS and/or MLB Network, how will that affect your coverage?
Cuddihy: "All season long we have been the home of the Nationals and the Orioles. Both teams have set all time highs in ratings, and fans expect us to be there for them in the playoffs. We all know that TBS and Fox will do a fine job covering the games, but it just won't be the same as having Bob Carpenter, F.P. Santangelo and Kristina Akra on hand covering the team.
Will the Nationals beat the Cardinals in the NLDS?
So we will be sending them to all the games as part of our extended versions of the "Nats Xtra" pre- and postgame shows. They will air an hour before each game, Then after the game is over we will come back for an hour postgame. As always, Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight will anchor the shows. We also will have Saturday and Sunday morning editions of 'Nats Talk Live' with Phil Wood to give fans a chance to talk about the games. Our goal is simple: give the fans plenty of up-to-date information from people who have covered the team every day since spring training."
On the radio side, what are your plans?
Kinard: "We have the advantage of airing all the games through the World Series, so fans can continue to hear Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler do the broadcasts. But we have really moved into playoff mode in a big way. We will have a three-hour pregame show with Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier handling the duties.
Then, we have the game with our postgame. Following the games, there will be three more hours of 'Nats Talk,' 45 minutes hosted by Phil Wood with contributions from Slowes and Jageler and then about two more hours hosted by Bill Rohland. That is a minimum of nine straight hours of Nationals coverage—not counting our extensive daily coverage on all our shows."