After each team won a decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series on the road, the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals are due to face off in the postseason for the first time since 2012. Though, this year their meeting comes in the NL Championship Series.
The Cardinals opened their NLDS matchup against the Atlanta Braves with a bit of a surprising win at SunTrust Park, and they avoided elimination in Game 4 by rallying in the eighth inning en route to a walk-off victory in the 10th.
St. Louis carried that momentum into Game 5, capitalizing on an array of Braves miscues in a 10-run first inning and easy win.
The Nationals’ remarkable run has included coming back against Josh Hader and the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Wild Card Game, and erasing a late deficit against the Dodgers in Game 5. For L.A. it’s a disappointing finish to a season they won a franchise-best 106 games.
The Cardinals and Nationals have met just once in the postseason — the 2012 NLDS — which St. Louis won in five games.
TBS has exclusive broadcasting rights for the NLCS. Along with their television broadcasts, games can be streamed online via the Watch TBS app.
SlingTV offers a subscription for $15 per month for the “Sling Orange” package, which has TBS, allowing access to the NLDS games.
Postseason games for MLB.TV subscribers are only available for those with “authenticated access,” meaning customers who also purchase participating cable or satellite services. Because every postseason game is nationally broadcast, a standard MLB.TV account will not suffice.
A workaround is MLB’s playoff streaming service, Postseason.TV, but that only grants access to “live alternative video feeds,” and not the regular game broadcast, which remains blacked out. Archived broadcasts are available roughly two hours after the final out of a game is recorded.
Complete 2019 NLCS schedule with available start times and TV information
Game 1: Friday, Oct. 11, Busch Stadium, 5:08 p.m. PT (TBS)
Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 12, Busch Stadium, 1:08 p.m. (TBS)
Game 3: Monday, Oct. 14, Nationals Park, 4:38 p.m. (TBS)
Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 15, Nationals Park, 5:05 p.m. (TBS)
Game 5*: Wednesday, Oct. 16, Nationals Park, 1:08 p.m. (TBS)
Game 6*: Friday, Oct. 18, Dodger Stadium, 5:08 p.m. (TBS)
Game 7*: Saturday, Oct. 19, Dodger Stadium, 5:08 p.m. (TBS)