One thing I learned about today's Giants/Nationals game: If you live in the San Francisco or Washington markets and don't have a cable subscription to a tier that includes MLB Network, or subscribe via DirecTV, Optimum, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, BrightHouse, Buckeye or Arvig (in which case you could watch the game online), you are out of luck for watching today's game.
Sure, you can go to a bar and watch, but that's not an option for some people.
This seems wrong. For all the warranted criticism of the NFL, they at least get this right: when a game is on cable, they sell rights to a broadcast channel in the home markets so that those who don't have or can't afford cable can watch the game.
I understand MLB selling much of the rights to the postseason to cable networks and producing some games for its own network -- which, incidentally, I believe is absolutely the best of all the league-owned channels. MLB Network is definitely a jewel in MLB's crown.
But MLB is missing the boat by not making this game available on an over-the-air broadcast channel in the markets of the teams playing. Big, big mistake on MLB's part. Could have made money on it, too.
Nationals vs. Giants, Game 3. Giants lead series 2-0. TV: MLB Network, game time 4 p.m. CT. Starting pitchers: Doug Fister vs. Madison Bumgarner. Announcers: Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal. ESPN Radio announcers; Dave O'Brien and John Kruk.
Here's all the info you need for today's games.
Span CF, Rendon 3B, Werth RF, LaRoche 1B, Desmond SS, Harper LF, Ramos C, Cabrera 2B, Fister P
Blanco CF, Panik 2B, Posey C, Sandoval 3B, Pence RF, Belt 1B, Crawford SS, Ishikawa LF, Bumgarner P
Dodgers vs. Cardinals, Game 3. Series tied 1-1. TV: Fox Sports 1, game time 8 p.m. CT. Starting pitchers: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. John Lackey. Announcers:Matt Vasgersian John Smoltz and Jon Paul Morosi. ESPN Radio announcers: Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone.
Lineups were not available for Dodgers/Cardinals at posting time.
This will be the only thread for today's games. Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.