Arizona Diamondbacks fans have waited over 15 years for this moment, but it has finally arrived. For the first time since 2007, the D-Backs have reached the NLCS and are on the doorstep of a second World Series appearance.
It's been a dream season for the D-Backs, who made a push late in the season to clinch a Wild Card berth and have coasted to within striking distance of a second World Series. The first real test of the postseason lies ahead, though, as the red-hot Philadelphia Phillies are the only thing that stands in Arizona's way.
No disrespect to the Brewers or Dodgers, but Philly presents the first real threat that Arizona has faced. The Diamondbacks swept their way through the first two rounds, but it's fair to assume that winning streak is going to come to an end against the Phillies.
Arizona doesn't get any extra points for style, though, as a series against Philly will tell us a lot about how real the D-Backs are as World Series contenders.
While they might be written off as a Wild Card team that got lucky, there's a lot to love about what Arizona has cooking. Rookie Corbin Carroll is a star on the rise and has flourished under the bright lights of October. Zac Gallen has been the ace the team needs and guys like Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Ketel Marte are leading one of the best lineups in all of baseball.
It's not fluke that the Diamondbacks ripped apart Milwaukee and Los Angeles to get here, but now is the time for them to truly prove they deserve the hype that will come with being featured in the NLCS.
NLCS 2023: How to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks today (October 16th)
While there are only two NL teams left standing, there are also ony two networks left with broadcast rights to the postseason. ESPN aired the Wild Card round but just like the Brewers are now done after the first round.
Here’s how to watch tonight’s game:
- Date: Thursday, October 19th
- Game Time: 8:07 pm ET | 7:07 pm CT
- Location: Phoenix, AZ
- Stadium: Chase Field
- National TV Channel: TBS
- Live Stream: TBS App
FOX and FS1 will be handling the ALCS between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, while Turner is once again broadcasting the NLCS. That means Diamondbacks fans will need to tune into TBS where Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Jeff Francoeur, Matt Winer will be on the call.