Game times, umps announced for Division Series
The schedule is out for the first three games of the Division Series, and it’s heavy on day baseball. Between the postseason presence of two teams in the Baltimore-Washington area, and the desire to accommodate West Coast fans with later start times, the one series guaranteed to have two teams in the Eastern time zone is getting the early starts.
It won’t be the case for the series opener, though Game 1 on Thursday could start before 6pm depending on whom the Angels face in the other ALDS. It will be the case for the other two games.
Game 2 on Friday could be a noon start if the Nationals are facing the Giants. It’ll be a 3pm start if the Pirates are facing the Nationals. Either way, it’s a baseball doubleheader for fans in the Beltway.
Detroit, too, is getting a doubleheader of the football-baseball kind. Game 3 Sunday at Comerica Park is scheduled for a 3:45pm start, right around the time the Lions and Bills are likely headed towards the two-minute warning across the street at Ford Field. It’ll be the reverse version of the doubleheader the two teams had downtown a few weeks ago, only without the weekday work traffic. With two stadiums’ worth of fans heading downtown, plan accordingly for traffic and parking hassles.
Tickets, by the way, are still available for Games 3 and 4, if Sunday’s schedule frees you up to go (say, without having to sacrifice sleep ahead of your work day Monday). You can pick up tickets online at tigers.com, by phone at 866-66-TIGER or in person at the Comerica Park box office.
Here’s the schedule:
Thursday: Game 1, Camden Yards — 5:37pm (if Royals win AL Wild Card) or 6:07pm (if A’s win Wild Card)
Friday: Game 2, Camden Yards — 12:07pm (if Giants win NL Wild Card) or 3:07pm ET (if Pirates win NL Wild Card)
Sunday: Game 3, Comerica Park — 3:45pm
Monday: Game 4 (if necesary), Comerica Park — TBD
Wednesday, Oct. 8: Game 5 (if necessary), Camden Yards — TBD
Also announced was the umpiring crew for the series. Jeff Kellogg will be the crew chief. Joining him will be Scott Barry, Dan Bellino, Fieldin Culbreth, Paul Schrieber and Jim Wolf. Replay officials stationed in NY for the various Division Series will be CB Bucknor, Chris Conroy, Ed Hickox and Brian O’Nora.