The Washington Nationals were shutout of the first announced portion of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball schedule, not getting plucked for any of the first 11 scheduled games on the national network. All June dates, two dates in July as well as August and September have not yet been announced.
Selections for the June broadcasts as well as July 7th and July 28th will be made three weeks in advance, with the August and September games to be decided upon two weeks in advance.
The Nationals were featured on Sunday Night Baseball twice in the early portion of the schedule in 2012 and their games were flexed to nationally televised broadcasts several times in the second half of the season as they surged to the best record in the major leagues and the National League East title.
It would be surprising if the Nationals do not get at least one Sunday Night Baseball appearance in the yet-to-be-decided games.
The Nationals face the Braves, Twins, Indians, Rockies and Mets in the month of June, and any of those games could be selected (especially the two division games) and will play the Mets again on July 28th. They will play the Padres on July 7, so that one would appear the most unlikely at this point.
The second half of ESPN’s schedule will depend largely on the pennant races so if the Nationals play the way most are expecting them to, they would likely be featured in that portion of the schedule as well.
Here is the announced portion of the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball schedule as it stands now:
|March 31||Texas Rangers at Houston Astros|
|April 7||Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers *|
|April 14||Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees|
|April 21||St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies|
|April 28||Atlanta Braves at Detroit Tigers|
|May 5||Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants|
|May 12||Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox|
|May 19||Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers|
|May 26||Atlanta Braves at New York Mets|
|July 14||St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs|
|July 21||New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox|