PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The Philadelphia Phillies are back in the postseason for the first time in 11 years, and the start of their playoff run will be broadcast on 6abc.
You can watch Game 1 of the Wild Card Round between the Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday at 2:07 p.m. right here on 6abc.
Game 2 is scheduled to start at 8:37 p.m. on Saturday. It is slated to run on ESPN 2.
If there is a game 3, it will start at 8:37 p.m. on Sunday. It is scheduled to air on ESPN.
The full schedule is available at MLB.com/Postseason
Travel to the game?
For the fans who want to get out and watch the Phillies play, it’s time to get tickets.
“A flight booked for Friday when Game 1 is pretty much the definition of a last minute flight, so you want to book it as soon as possible,” said Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights.
According to Keyes, one-way tickets from Philadelphia to St. Louis average about $280 per person — that’s almost $600 round-trip.
“I wouldn’t put off buying tickets in the hope that fares will go down because in all likelihood fares will go the other way and only get more expensive,” he says.
According to StubHub, this game is the most requested wild card series on StubHub. Saturday’s game is the best selling with a 40% higher demand than Friday.
Wherever fans will be watching, they have faith the Phillies will be home on October 14th.
“They’re going to beat St. Louis in two games,” said Lafayette Hill’s Patti Donofrio.
As the Phillies advance and travel to Atlanta, experts recommend purchasing airfare as soon as possible to get the best deal.
MLB playoffs set
The overall Major League Baseball playoff picture came into focus Tuesday night. The matchups were finally settled just before the final day of the regular season.
The postseason, which expanded from 10 teams last year to 12 this season, begins Friday with a newly created wild card round. All four series are best two of three – three days in a row, no breaks, with the higher-seeded host each game.
In the National League, it’s Padres-Mets and Phillies-Cardinals. In the American League, it’s Mariners-Blue Jays and Rays-Guardians.
At Citi Field, the New Yorkers will pitch aces Scherzer and deGrom against San Diego, including the hard-hitting Machado and Soto. The Mets’ attempt to win the NL East ended when they were eliminated by defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves, leaving New York as the top NL wildcard team.
“We need to get out there and play against a strong team and beat some of the best shooters in the game,” Machado said. “It’s about getting out there and enjoying the moment.”
Soon-to-retire St. Louis stars Yadier Molina and Pujols host Harper and Philadelphia at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the NL Central, but as the No. 3 seed, they didn’t benefit from an early bye.
The 42-year-old Pujols, a two-time champion with the Cardinals, has looked like a 24-year-old version of himself all the way through, surpassed 700 career home runs and passed Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time RBIs list.
A two-time MVP, Harper is making his first playoff appearance with Washington since 2017. He missed two months in the middle of the season with a broken thumb but is ready to swing away for the Phillies.
In Cleveland, Ramírez leads a young team that includes rookie Steven Kwan and Emmanuel Clase, who takes on Tampa Bay to host the AL Central champion.
This will be Cleveland’s first postseason appearance as the Guardians. The team has not won the World Series since 1948. Randy Arozarena, already established as a playoff star, will look to lead the Rays to their first title in franchise history.
The Guardians went 4-2 against the Rays this year and won two of three games in progressive field last week. All three games in the series were decided by one run, with two going into extra innings.
“It’s going to be a good environment,” said Tampa Bay second baseman Taylor Walls. “It’s good that we just went there. …I know the boys are pumped. We are ready to be there.”
In Toronto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the top AL wildcard Blue Jays take on Seattle and his rookie sensation Rodríguez. The series also features Robbie Ray, who won the Cy Young Award with Toronto last year, against his former team.
All four matchups are scheduled to end on Sunday. The best-of-five division series across both leagues begins October 11.
Judge, fresh off his 62nd home run to set the AL record, and the Yankees will host Game 1 winner Tampa Bay-Cleveland. Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros start at home against winner Seattle-Toronto.
In the NL, Freddie Freeman, Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who set a franchise record for wins, receive the Mets-San Diego winner in the opening game. Ronald Acuña Jr., who was injured last fall when the Braves won the World Series, will face the St. Louis-Philadelphia winner at home.
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