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How To Watch Nationals-Cardinals NLCS Game 1: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

How To Watch Nationals-Cardinals NLCS Game 1: Date, time, TV channel, live stream

The Nationals spirited effort in Game 5 of the NLDS over the Dodgers has propelled the team into the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. First to four wins moves on. 

Here is how to watch the series opener.

2019 NLCS Game 1: Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO.

Time: 8:08 p.m. ET

TV Channel: TBS

Broadcasters: Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling and Jeff Francoeur

Live Stream:, or you can download the TBS app. Stream also available on Fubo TV here.

Radio: 106.7 The Fan (Washington DC Market), ESPN Radio (Nationally)

Weather: 46° F

Nationals vs. Cardinals History

All-Time Record (post-2005): Cardinals lead 61-41

Regular-Season Series: Cardinals lead 5-2

Last Playoff Appearance: Cardinals (2018), Nationals (2017)

National League Championship Series Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 11:
- NLCS Game 1: Nationals @ Cardinals. Time: 8:08 p.m. TV Channel: TBS.

Saturday, Oct. 12:
- NLCS Game 2: Nationals @ Cardinals. Time: 4:08 p.m. TV Channel: TBS.

Monday, Oct. 14:
- NLCS Game 3. Cardinals @ Nationals. TV Channel: TBS.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: 
- NLCS Game 4. Cardinals @ Nationals. TV Channel: TBS.

Wednesday, Oct. 16: 
- NLCS Game 5*. Cardinals @ Nationals. TV Channel: TBS.

Friday, Oct. 18: 
- NLCS Game 6*. Nationals @ Cardinals. TV Channel: TBS.

Saturday, Oct. 19:
- NLCS Game 7*. Nationals @ Cardinals. TV Channel: TBS


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Davey Martinez is unfazed by entering the third - and perhaps final - year of his contract

Davey Martinez is unfazed by entering the third - and perhaps final - year of his contract

SAN DIEGO -- Davey Martinez has been busy. His rural retreat, usually well-used by this stage of the offseason, has sat empty. He spent time with his kids in Tampa in between declining appearance requests. He tried to get his life back in order for the last five weeks. Time to himself has not been part of the process. Nor has anything but positive feelings.

“It’s been awesome,” Martinez said. “Really has. Something that I wake up in the morning and think about everything that transpired and how we got to where we got to and the final moment... That, to me, never gets old.”

Relaxed in a dress shirt and sport coat, Martinez started Monday with interviews by the reporters pool at the Winter Meetings. Two of his former players -- Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon -- are among the prime focuses of the event. Future contracts are what the meetings become about. Martinez is now included in that topic.

He’s entering the third, and final, year of his three-year deal. The Nationals hold an option for a fourth year. Martinez said he is not thinking about it.

“No,” Martinez said. “I really haven’t. For me, I feel blessed I got an opportunity to do what I do. I know I’m coming back. Now, I’m just getting some time off and getting ready for spring training.”

Martinez entering his third year is notable. Managers of the Nationals rarely make it there. Manny Acta started a third season as manager. Davey Johnson handled two-plus seasons as manager. No one has made it through three full seasons since baseball returned to the District. And, who would have thought Martinez would?

Year One was a mess. The Nationals missed the playoffs, Martinez appeared off-kilter at times, and injuries doomed the season as much as under-performance. A mere 82 wins followed, the fewest since 2011. 

The pressure was high before the failed season. Washington’s ownership chose Martinez specifically over bringing back Dusty Baker. Why? Because advancing to the first round was not enough. Only the World Series was acceptable. Martinez, with vast major-league life experience and zero managerial experience, was charged with guiding the team to a spot its owners and payroll expected. The team barely won more than it lost.

Then May of 2019 hit. The 19-31 nadir following multiple embarrassments in New York, against the Mets of all teams, pushed Martinez’s employment status toward the edge. He said then it wasn’t on his mind, though at the time he was unsure how to fix expansive bullpen problems. Managing principal owner Mark Lerner said during the postseason he never considered firing Martinez. Both are difficult to believe as 100% truths. 

As the team turned, so did the view of Martinez. The postseason performed as a breakthrough for both. Washington finally made it out of the first round of the postseason. Martinez’s decision-making worked and worked again, all the way through Game 7 of the World Series. By the end, narratives flipped. The team which couldn’t play well when it mattered most completed a comeback-filled championship run. The manager so many wanted to push out, became a man of the people, drifting into the streets during the championship parade.

Another year is coming. Davey Martinez remains the manager of the Washington Nationals. He’s into his third year and, barring disaster, appears set to make it to the end, which would be more history for the organization.


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Strasburg returning to Washington Nationals on 7-year deal worth $245 million

Strasburg returning to Washington Nationals on 7-year deal worth $245 million

Stephen Strasburg is coming back.

A simple sentence, but a line of words which means so much for the defending World Series champions, the Washington Nationals. 

Strasburg agreed to a seven-year deal worth $245 million to rejoin one of baseball’s strongest starting staffs months after being named World Series MVP. His return seemed likely though he opted out of the remaining four years and $100 million on his previous contract extension signed in 2016.

Among Strasburg’s biggest numbers in 2019 was 209. His innings total led the National League and registered as the second-highest of his career. His health has been a challenge and concern since the start of his career. He’s made 30 or more starts in just three of his 10 professional seasons. One came last year.

Strasburg also made a notable change last year. His curveball usage spiked to 30.6 percent -- almost 10 percent higher than 2018. His fastball usage declined for the fourth consecutive year. His average fastball velocity declined for the third consecutive year.

Strasburg slots back into the No. 2 spot in the Nationals’ rotation for 2020 and beyond. The first four in the starting group will be the same as the ensemble which led the majors in fWAR among starting pitchers. Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin and Aníbal Sánchez will pitch around Strasburg. Austin Voth, Joe Ross and Erick Fedde will compete for the fifth spot.

Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin will pitch together for at least two more years. Scherzer can become a free agent in 2022. 

Retaining Strasburg fills one of the Nationals’ largest holes. The signing is also in line with Mike Rizzo’s core team-building concept: starting pitching over everything.

Paying Strasburg a hefty amount here makes sense. The Nationals will again start with the idea their pitching can be the team’s foundation. The outfield is set. Shortstop and catcher are set. Work around the infield remains. Anthony Rendon is still a free agent. Washington should remain in the mix for his services despite what it paid Strasburg. 

Retaining Strasburg also keeps him from division rivals. Atlanta, New York and Philadelphia -- the latter, in particular -- could use better starting pitchers. Shift Strasburg to Philadelphia’s staff (23rd in fWAR in 2019) and the Phillies suddenly appear much more formidable with Aaron Nola and Strasburg. 

Bringing Strasburg back also provides him an opportunity to further develop his burgeoning legacy in Washington. From being the top pick in 2009 to a World Series champion a decade later, Strasburg now has years to pile on more statistics and a significant chance to become the first homegrown Nationals player to enter the Hall of Fame. At the least, Strasburg, 30, has a clear path to establish himself as the best player in Nationals/Expos history.

He’s ninth in bWAR entering 2020. Ryan Zimmerman is the only Nationals position player ahead of him (37.8 to 33.9) and Scherzer is the only Nationals pitcher ahead of him (36.5 to 33.9). Gary Carter (55.8) is atop the organization’s list. 

Strasburg is under contract well beyond Zimmerman and Scherzer, so he will have every opportunity to pass them. His process to do so resumes in 2020.