The St. Louis Cardinals will continue to have the most Major League Baseball telecasts in Oklahoma this season with 150 games scheduled to air on Fox Sports Plus.
The Texas Rangers are next with 117 scheduled games, although that number will vary according to the number of Oklahoma City Thunder playoff telecasts. The number of Rangers telecasts is down 10 from last year, but for a good reason — the team is scheduled for 14 network broadcasts (seven on ESPN and seven on Fox).
However, the main reason for the discrepancy with the Cardinals' total is the lack of Rangers' Friday night games. For the third year in a row, the KTXA-21 Friday night games are not airing in Oklahoma City. The package is not available to Cox Communications because it is only offered to over-the-air broadcast stations.
The Houston Astros, parent club of the Oklahoma City RedHawks, will be shown 67 times. That's up 15 times from last season, when the team had the major league's worst record (56-106).
Some of the Cardinals' telecasts also will air on The Cox Channel (channel 3 and 703), but that number is not determined. Cox is scheduling games only a month at a time.
Here is a team-by-team look at the six teams that have local broadcasts in Oklahoma, including team broadcasters:
St. Louis Cardinals, 150 — all on FS Plus. Announcers: Dan McLaughlin, Al Hrabosky and Rick Horton. “Cardinals Live:” Pat Parris, Jim Hayes, Cal Eldred, Al Hrabosky and Rick Horton.
Texas Rangers, 116 — FSOK 115, FS Plus 1. Announcers: Dave Barnett and Tom Grieve. Jim Knox and Emily Jones will be reporters on home games. “Rangers Live:” John Rhadigan and Dana Larson will split host role; analyst Mark McLemore.
Houston Astros, 67 — FSOK 55, FS Plus 12. Announcers: Bill Brown and Jim Deshaies. Greg Lucas, Patti Smith and Bart Enis will be reporters on home games; Lucas will be a reporter on road games. “Astros Live:” Kevin Eschenfelder, Steve Sparks, Art Howe and Mike Stanton.
Chicago Cubs, 67 — WGN. Announcers: Len Kasper and Bob Brenly.
Chicago White Sox, 32 — WGN. Announcers: Ken Harrelson and Steve Stone.
Kansas City Royals, 30 — all on FS Plus. Announcers: Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc, Rex Hudler and Jeff Montgomery (20 games). “Royals Live:” Joel Goldberg and Montgomery.
Channels: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37, Cox 722 HD), Fox Sports Plus (Cox 267, Cox 715 HD), WGN (Cox 2, Cox 734 HD).