MLB on TBS Analyst Ron Darling Shares Perspective on Opening Months of 2015 MLB Season
Sunday MLB on TBS will return July 12 with the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez visiting the Boston Red Sox and David Ortiz at 1:30 p.m. ET. Three-time Sports Emmy Award winning commentator Ernie Johnson will provide play-by-play for the game, seen locally in the Boston market, alongside veteran MLB on TBS analyst Ron Darling.
The following week, Sunday MLB on TBS will feature a match-up of current National League division leaders as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yasiel Puig visit the Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper on July 19 at 1:30 p.m., with the telecast shown locally in Washington, D.C. Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. will join Johnson and Darling in the broadcast booth.
TBS is entering its 8th consecutive year of live MLB game coverage, with a lineup featuring regular season telecasts each Sunday afternoon and an extensive MLB Postseason schedule including the exclusive presentation of the National League Wild Card Game, both National League Division Series and the National League Championship Series this year.
MLB on TBS analyst Darling shares his reflections on the upcoming Yankees/Red Sox matchup, some early season surprises and a look ahead at a potential NLCS showdown:
Darling on the New York-Boston match-up:
“I’m looking forward to seeing Mookie Betts play in person. His versatility and athleticism make him one of the more exciting young players in the league. I also think that a healthy Mark Teixeira has given the New York offense a big boost with his power [18 home runs and a slugging percentage over .550], which has helped him against the shift.”
Darling on teams that have surprised him so far this season:
“Houston has been a great surprise this year, built on power, young talent and a rebuilt bullpen that has been very good. The recent promotion of shortstop Carlos Correa has given them another young, dynamic, up the middle talent. Seattle has been disappointing to me, especially after signing Nelson Cruz in the off-season to boost the offense.”
Darling on his favorites to meet in the NLCS:
“I expect to see St. Louis and Washington play for the chance to represent the NL in the World Series. Both teams have weathered injuries so far and can rely on excellent pitching. Their postseason experience will help come October.”
Upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS Schedule
July 12, 1:30 p.m. ET: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling (analyst)
July 19, 1:30 p.m. ET: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Washington Nationals
Johnson (play-by-play), Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. (analysts)