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“It’s a baseball nerd’s dream”: Twitter raves about ESPN2’s NL Wild Card Statcast

ESPN2’s NL Wild Card Statcast crew: (L-R) play-by-play commentator Jason Benetti; MLB.com Statcast writer Mike Petriello; ESPN MLB analyst Eduardo Perez. (Ben Cafardo/ESPN)

CHICAGO – Tuesday, Oct. 2 proved to be another significant day of live event coverage for ESPN.

The scale and scope of ESPN was firmly on display while documenting the 2018 Major League Baseball National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire. Among the coverage offerings was ESPN2’s first alternative viewing experience – a Statcast-focused presentation – for a Wild Card game.

The broadcast team – play-by-play voice Jason Benetti, analyst Eduardo Perez, and MLB.com Statcast writer Mike Petriello – impressed stat-focused MLB fans with their depth of knowledge and ability to utilize the wealth of statistical data available on the telecast to tell the story of the Colorado Rockies’ victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The success of the telecast, and the overall night of coverage, impressed many fans on social media: