The MLB Postseason means that once again Fox and Turner will share the heavy lifting, with ESPN and MLB Network making special guest appearances. It also means the annual haunting of America by Atlanta Braves analyst Joe Simpson, who has once again been assigned to one National League Division Series this year. However, the main takeaway is that Brian Anderson will not only call one NLDS, but will also be calling the National League Championship Series.

Ernie Johnson, who is normally the MLB on TBS “A” announcer, will be on NBA on TNT duty to the early start of the regular season.

For the National League Wild Card Game on Tuesday, TBS will have Johnson alongside Ron Darling and reporter Sam Ryan calling Colorado at Arizona. Game time will be at 8 p.m. ET.

That trio will also call the NLDS matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.

Meanwhile, Anderson will be teamed with analysts Dennis Eckersley and Simpson, and reporter Lauren Shehadi for the series between the Rockies/D-Backs Wild Card winner and the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the NLCS, Anderson will be teamed with Darling and Ryan.

For the MLB on TBS studio show, Casey Stern returns as the host and he’ll be joined by a trio of returning analysts in Pedro Martinez, Gary Sheffield, and Jimmy Rollins.

While TBS only has 13 regular season games, the main reason for its contract with MLB is for October. It pulls out the stops, knowing that fans will be paying attention to its coverage.

TBS’s NLDS coverage begins Friday with its pregame show at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Cubs-Nats at 7:30 p.m and the Dodgers hosting the Wild Card winner at 10:30 p.m., meaning that it will (unsurprisingly) be a late night for baseball fans.

On Saturday, Game 2 of the Cubs-Nats series will start at 5:30 p.m, and the Arizona/Colorado-Los Angeles Game 2 will begin at 9:00 p.m.

Our full MLB Postseason broadcast primer will be posted tomorrow.

[Turner Sports, pic via Instagram]

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  • Jon

    Does sort of say where Turner’s priorities are that they see Johnson more valuable hosting the NBA studio show than doing actual baseball game coverage (not surprising, based on the size of the NBA and MLB contracts, but Fox does the opposite with Joe Buck, annually using him on the World Series coverage while usually pairing Thom Brennaman with Troy Aikman for two weeks for Fox’s Sunday national NFL game).

    • Dale Moog

      That is because they have a deep roster of play by play for both sports and cover each one all season. TBS slides in for the postseason with MLB and is a heavy hitter all season with the NBA

      • YoDudes

        “Deep” but not necesarily good.

  • noonan18

    Year after year people complain about how bad TBS’s on-air talent is and nothing is done about it. Johnson and Darling are horrible but yet we continue to get these 2 every year. Talk about awful announcing.

    Johnson can stick with the NBA as far as I’m concerned and I’m not sure what happened to Darling, but for a guy who has been around MLB, he misses alot of stuff, and I’m not real interested in his attempt at telepathy trying to tell us what players are feeling. At least we get the bonus of seeing more of Lauren, even if its for one round. Hopefully Anderson will make it a bit less painful to watch these series.

  • A.J.

    I don’t buy it. Nor should you, Fang. It’s no secret that Johnson itches to do all of those playoff games, he wants to be his dad. They could have easily put somebody like Matt Winer in the NBA studio chair until the end of the National League playoffs.

    This is nothing more than plausible deniability, a conscious decision to end Johnson’s 2017 MLB tenure so they don’t have a poor man’s TBS Chip Caray situation. Not that Johnson would scream imaginary events taking place on the field like Caray, but who’s kidding whom. Johnson only got a taste of baseball announcing because of a clause negotiated into his contract. A bone they were compelled to toss in there like Chris Berman’s agent was able to do with calling NFL games each year. 100% chance the contract doesn’t specify and mandate that Johnson must announce the league championship series, and his bosses are leaving him in Atlanta for that very reason.