SNY was out in force at Citi Field for Game 3 of the NLDS, with all three of its game announcers -- - Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling -- in the house, along with a full studio crew.

But like all local channels in Major League Baseball, it was limited to pregame and postgame coverage, with games themselves contractually tied to national networks, in this case TBS.

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"The facts are the facts," SNY executive producer Curt Gowdy Jr. said. "That's what the leagues get paid for. But sure, we would love for our guys to do these games, absolutely. They would, too."

Darling did get to do the game, for TBS. But Cohen and Darling were part of the pregame show. When the Mets were in the playoffs in 2006 Hernandez appeared from his home in Florida.

"Keith came up to me and said, 'I really want to be a part of this,' " Gowdy said. "And I said, 'I want you to be a part of it.' I think Keith has really transitioned very well this time around where I think he's more comfortable as a broadcaster and more comfortable making that transition from a remote analyst to a studio analyst. I think we've all been pleased and Keith has really been pleased and excited about what he's doing."