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Kevin Burkhardt to host stat-friendly NLCS Game 1 broadcast

SNY reporter Kevin Burkhardt reports from the field

SNY reporter Kevin Burkhardt reports from the field during the game between the New York Mets and Yankees at Yankee Stadium on May 29, 2013. Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Fans will be able to watch an alternate telecast of Game 1 of the NL Championship Series focused on sabermetrics.

The main broadcast of Saturday's opener between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals will be on Fox. Cable channel Fox Sports 1 will also show it, with extended replays and statistical analysis of batter-pitcher matchups, umpiring tendencies and defensive shifts.

Kevin Burkhardt will call the game from the studio alongside Gabe Kapler, CJ Nitkowski, Rob Neyer and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. The broadcast will sometimes use a "double box" to show the commentators and live action at the same time.

FS1 will air the main coverage of five of the last six NLCS games, with Fox showing only a possible Game 6.

Alternate telecasts have recently become more popular for major sports events, such as ESPN's multiple offerings during January's BCS title game and Turner Sports' "home team" announcers during the Final Four.

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