The Mets defeated the Dodgers last night in the series-clinching Game 5 in Los Angeles, but there's no rest for the weary. The Mets now move on to face the Wild Card-winning Chicago Cubs, who bumped off the 100-game-winning St. Louis Cardinals in the other National League Division Series matchup. The NLCS begins Saturday night—yes, tomorrow!—at Citi Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:07 PM. Matt Harvey, who started Game 3 against the Dodgers, will take the hill for the Mets
|Game||Match-Up||Date||Air Time (ET)||First Pitch Time (ET)||Network|
|NLCS Game 1||CHI @ NYM||Sat., Oct. 17||7:30 p.m.||8:07 p.m.||TBS|
|NLCS Game 2||CHI @ NYM||Sun., Oct. 18||7:30 p.m.||8:07 p.m.||TBS|
|NLCS Game 3||NYM @ CHI||Tues., Oct. 20||7:30 p.m.||8:07 p.m.||FS1|
|NLCS Game 4||NYM @ CHI||Wed., Oct. 21||7:30 p.m.||8:07 p.m.||TBS|
|NLCS Game 5^||NYM @ CHI||Thurs., Oct. 22||7:30 p.m.||8:07 p.m.||TBS|
|NLCS Game 6*^||CHI @ NYM||Sat., Oct. 24||3:30 p.m.||4:07 p.m.*||TBS|
|NLCS Game 7^||CHI @ NYM||Sun. Oct. 25||7:30 p.m.||8:07 p.m.||TBS|
^Indicates If Necessary
*If ALCS is over on or before 10/23, then NLCS Game 6 start time will move to 8:07 p.m. (ET) instead of 4:07 p.m. (ET).
Major League Baseball has also announced the umpiring crew for the NLCS.
19-year major-league umpire Ted Barrett will oversee the crew assigned to the National League Championship Series. This is his 21st career Postseason assignment, including his seventh LCS.
Barrett will work alongside Eric Cooper, Rob Drake, Paul Emmel, Tim Timmons and regular season crew chief Bill Miller. Drake will call balls and strikes in Game One of the NLCS. Barrett, Cooper, Emmel and Miller officiated the AL Wild Card Game this Postseason.
Umpire Mark Wegner will be the NLCS Replay Official, with the assistance of Estabrook, in Games One and Two before joining the on-field crew for Game Three, when Drake will serve in the Replay capacity. Wegner was a Replay Official for a Wild Card Game this Postseason.
Considering how badly the NLDS crew botched the Chase Utley takeout slide call—which should have been a double play but instead resulted in zero outs—the bar for officiating competence shouldn't be too hard to clear.