The anticipation surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers' only trip to Cincinnati this season is beginning to build. The Dodgers won't be rolling into Great American Ball Park until two weeks from now (Sept 21-23), but there's already been a couple of scheduling changes in preparation for the potential of a pivotal series.
ESPN and the Reds announced on Friday that the game originally scheduled for 1:10pm ET on September 23rd has been moved back to 8:05pm ET to accommodate ESPN's request to televise the contest nationally on Sunday Night Baseball.
It was also announced recently that the September 22nd game originally slated for 7:10pm ET has been pushed up to 4:05pm ET to accommodate the FOX national broadcast.
The weekend series should prove to be one filled with playoff implications as two teams from the old National League West Division renew their rivalry. Each club won seven NL West titles from 1970-1994 and they also combined to win five world championships during that span (CIN-3, LA-2).
Although the Redlegs currently enjoy a comfortable lead in the NL Central, the Dodgers are pushing hard for a playoff spot and enter Friday 4.5 games off the pace in the NL West and just 1.5 games out of the Wild Card.