Fox Sports 1 is pitching a sabermetrical approach to its telecast of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night.
The first game of the NLCS with the San Francisco Giants visiting the defending senior circuit champion St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. (ET) will see FSI supplement Fox Broadcast Network’s traditional telecast, with a more analytical-viewing experience.
The cable network’s presentation under the JABO (Just a Bit Outside) banner, will emphasize statistics, sabermetrics and graphics, with numbers aimed at inspiring debate and conversation among host Kevin Burkharrdt; FS1 analysts and JABO contributors, Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski; Rob Neyer, FoxSports.com’s senior baseball editor; and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black.
The multicast will be complemented by a live interactive chat on social media via the handle @MLBONFOX. Fans can follow the conversation using the hashtag #JABO. JustaBitOutside.com will also feature live blogging and video clips of analysis during the game.
“During the game, our panel will provide insight from every level of baseball, as well as real-time demos, extended replays, and breakdowns of storylines from Game 1,” said Neyer. “Perched atop a bedrock of data supplied by our various partners, we’ll analyze batter/pitcher match-ups, umpiring tendencies, defensive shifts, controversial calls, and the debatable managerial moves that seem to be the talk of nearly every game in October.”
Fans can also watch the traditional broadcast on Fox or the Spanish-language telecast on Fox Deportes. All NLCS Game 1 telecasts will be available through FOX Sports Go, the app that provides live streaming video of Fox Sports content at home or on-the-go.