The Cincinnati Reds, the #7 seed in the National League, will take on the Atlanta Braves, the #2 seed in the National League, beginning on Wednesday. Major League Baseball has not announced game times beyond Wednesday – but we do know when and where for game one. Atlanta will host the entire series, which is a best-of-three set. Game one will be played at 12:00pm ET on ESPN and will be the first game of the day. And it’s going to be a heck of a day around baseball, too, with all eight series talking place on the day with starts staggered between noon and 10pm ET.

Game two, and game three if needed, will also be on “the ESPN Family”, but which specific channel hasn’t yet been named. Here’s the whole first round schedule as we know it right now.

29 Responses

  1. JB

    Baseball junkie. Cant wait to watch all these games.

  2. Corey D

    World Series of the Reds vs the Indians. I can’t wait.

  3. Indy Red Man

    Hmmm? Atlanta is basically the polar opposite of the Reds. Absolutely raking the ball, but their starting pitching is as shallow as a Kardashian. Scary thing is Ozuna is hitting like that MVP year in Florida. Duvall has improved and doesn’t have the same holes he had with us. Swanson, Albies….everyone can really hurt you and they hit in bunches. If we don’t score atleast 4-5 then we lose imo. They are not going to be completely shut down.

    I happened to watch their young kid righty Ian Anderson the other night in the pouring rain. He throws 95 and has + stuff, but he’s only thrown 32 innings (1.95 era). They might be going to the pen immediately in their non- Fried starts.

    We sent out Tyler Stephenson and he was in the lefty platoon there for a short while. I would go with the following:

    DH Shogo
    1B Joey
    RF Castellanos
    3B Suarez
    2B Moose
    LF Aquino
    C Casali
    CF Senzel
    SS Farmer

    • RojoBenjy

      But them there hitters ain’t been doing that against the likes of Bauer, Gray, Castillo it even Mahle (for the most part).

      I like the Reds chances against ATL pitching better than i like ATL hitter chances against CIN pitching.

      We shall see…

  4. DsveCT

    Can you imagine the challenge for a team that has yet to see Bauer, Gray, and Castillo once this year. Nor Disco, Wiley, Antone, Lorenzen, Sims, Garrett, Bradley, Iggy? Just go home.

    • CJ10

      Can you imagine the challenge for a team that hasn’t seen Acuna, Ozuna, Albies, Swanson, d’Arnaud, Duvall and oh just the MVP Freddie Freeman… A team that put up 29 on another playoff squad and has crushed aces like Max and Cole all year? Lol

      • RojoBenjy

        Pitcher has the advantage in the first go round.

        Hope that’s not a troll job

    • west Larry

      looks like the game is not on the mlb network. That black and white photoshop of Buuer is classic. go reds!

  5. GreatRedLegsFan

    Liked the 50’s family pic watching Bauer’s body take, funny. Does anybody know if games are going to be broadcasted by

    • IndyRedsFan

      I thought the B&W Bauer was pretty cool too. How did you manage to transport him back to the 50’s Doug?

    • Mike Martz

      Has to be a Photoshop picture, no rabbit ears or tin foil! LOL
      Seriously though, GO REDS!

  6. Reddawg2012

    Guess this means I’ll be secretly watching from my phone at work.

  7. ClevelandRedsFan

    Doesn’t Bauer perform worse in day games?

  8. ClevelandRedsFan

    Wow! I looked it up and I was dead wrong!

    Bauer has a 0.68 ERA in 13 and change innings in day games this year.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      I think he has said he doesn’t like pitching day games but this year at least, it hasn’t mattered.

  9. renbutler

    The Cardinals probably should have been forced to play for second place in the division today…

    …but I actually like playing the Braves and probably the Cubs more than playing the Padres and probably the Dodgers.

    This anomaly could actually work in the Reds’ favor.

  10. CFD3000

    It feels like Bauer vs Fried for the series. Game 1 will be key, but with Castillo and Gray behind Bauer, I’d say the Reds are better positioned to bounce back if they lose game 1 than are the Braves. So… if Bauer gets it done I think you can stick a fork in Atlanta. Do you think Bauer himself is thinking the same? Can’t wait to see him face the challenge of the Braves offense. Go Reds!

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Atlanta can hit big-time. You don’t put a fork in them until they are officially done. I frankly don’t know who their starting pitcher would be for a game three, though.

      • Charlie Waffles

        As it stands now, Atlanta’s rotation starters are Fried, Ian Anderson, and Kyle Wright. Not much on the experience side there.

  11. Bill

    That (doctored) photo is priceless – Go Reds!

  12. Don

    based on mlb live stream webpage site, the games will not be live streamed through the MLB app.

    I do not have ESPN (they really have so little live sports coverage they are not worth the cost) so unless I buy some streaming service before Wednesday, no live games for me.

    • Don

      Only ESPN is not allowing for the Live streaming via MLB app for the playoffs.

      TBS, FS1, MLB, Fox Network are all allowing live streaming.

      Just the ESPN/ESPN Family not letting streaming occur.

      Game 1 is ESPN.

      Game 2 and 3 can be on any ESPN family channel.

      Mot likely not going to pay for a month of a steaming service ( in the hopes it is on an ESPN channel which they may have) to maybe being able to watch the game.

      Will be listening to the Radio Broadcast, assuming ESPN does not block that as well.

      • JB

        Don I’m not sure who will be actually carrying the game but most carriers like Hulu,YouTube TV or Sling all have a 7 day free trial. You can cancel any time within 7 dsys.

      • 2020ball

        I’m personally going to pirate the games, and this is just one of the reasons I have no shame in doing so.

  13. MK

    How does the roster change for the playoffs? I can not imagine they need 14 pitchers for the playoffs. To me this means that either Disco or Romano are off the playoff roster. I could also see the value of either Stephenson (third catcher/PH) or Jankowski (PR/defense) on it.

    • 2020ball

      AFAIK, the roster stays at 28 + the taxi squad, same as the regular season.

      • 2020ball

        er… nvm. I misunderstood and you mean players on said roster. I’d personally like to see Stephenson back as a pinch hitting threat. Jankowski maybe as a pinch runner, his baserunning would be an improvement over guys like Lorenzen. I can see Romano being jettisoned, Disco and Miley seem a toss up since both seem redundant and I’m not sure how they will approach that. Garcia could also be optioned.