Fox has coverage of four games on Saturday. The main game will be the Cubs at Milwaukee. While NESN’s Jerry Remy will work with former Red Sox TV play-by-play man Dick Stockton on the Yankees-Red Sox, I think Mets-Marlins would have been the better choice. Red Sox are in the playoffs and unless the Tampa Bay Rays completely choke over the weekend, the game won’t have a bearing on the seedings.
Once again, we have some funky announcing combos as Josh Lewin works with Mark Grace, Phillies announcer Tom McCarthy has been tapped to work for Fox again and Best Damn Sports Show Period host Chris Rose is teamed with Twins analyst Bert Blyeven.
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tulsa
Probable Pitchers: Ted Lilly, LHP (16-9, 4.17 ERA) vs. Ben Sheets, RHP (13-8, 2.98 ERA)
Probable Pitchers: Sidney Ponson, RHP (8-5, 5.21 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett, RHP (12-10, 4.03 ERA)
Probable Pitchers: Odalis Perez, LHP (7-11, 4.27 ERA) vs. Jamie Moyer, LHP (15-7, 3.78 ERA)
Probable Pitchers: Gil Meche, RHP (13-11, 4.05 ERA) vs. Glen Perkins, LHP (12-4, 4.50 ERA)
As much as I have killed Fox in the previous weeks, I’ll give the network credit for covering four games this Saturday, but Yankees-Red Sox should have been chucked. It’s not even the main game. This will be the last we’ll see of Fox doing MLB until it covers the National League Championship Series on October 9.