BBC Set To Broadcast MLB Postseason On Saturday

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With Major League Baseball’s playoffs in motion, the BBC are set to broadcast four games back-to-back on Saturday night.

The four top-ranked teams from the regular season will face off against the teams who made it through the wildcard round, all being broadcast on the iPlayer or BBC sport website.

Musician and Cricket podcaster Felix White leads a specialised commentary team, which includes former pitcher and multiple world series winner Jake Peavy, ex-major league player Xavier Scruggs and US broadcasters Melanie Newman and Matt Vasgersian.

The BBC and MLB agreed to a long term streaming rights deal last year, in an effort to increase the global reach of the sport.

The two American League divisional winners with the best records from the regular season, plus the top two from the National League, earned a bye through to the Division Series.

This includes the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Baltimore Orioles.

The Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks advanced after beating their opponents in the wildcard series that look place this week.

There will be some star players on display.

Braves Outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. became the first player in MLB history to break the ’40-70′ mark (40 home runs and 70 stolen bases).

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve stands at 5ft 6in, but is certainly an opposing figure when it comes to postseason baseball.

Altuve is second on the all-time list of MLB play-off home run hitters with 23 to his name.

A broken thumb meant he missed the early part of the season, but he helped the defending World Series champions make a late run to the AL West division title.

Eyes will also be on rookie infielder Gunnar Henderson of the Orioles, who clubbed 28 home runs in his first year at the big leagues.

Henderson was named Most Valuable Oriole by local media and is a leading candidate for AL Rookie of the Year.