ST. LOUIS -- The nation's capital will host its first playoff game in 79 years on Wednesday, and Major League Baseball announced Monday afternoon that Game 3 of the National League Division Series will begin at 1 p.m. ET at Nationals Park.
The game will air on MLB Network, with Bob Costas and Jim Kaat on the call. Edwin Jackson is slated to start for the Nationals, and the Cardinals will give the ball to Chris Carpenter.
The early start has to be good news for Washington manager Davey Johnson, who said earlier Monday that he hoped to avoid any late-afternoon start times given the problems the sun -- the "sun monster," as center fielder Bryce Harper called it -- has given outfielders at Nationals Park. With first pitch at 1:07 p.m., that means the sun shouldn't cause any issues early on but could become a factor toward the end of the game.
"The only point I'm concerned about is the one at home; I hope it's not four o'clock," Johnson said before Game 2 on Monday. "We have a terrible sun field, and I hate for games to be decided because somebody happens to hit one in the sun. ... About four, five o'clock, that's when the sun is really terrible at our place."