MILWAUKEE -- The cable network TBS has named Brewers television play-by-play man Brian Anderson its lead announcer for Division Series and National League Championship Series broadcasts.
Anderson, who has called games on TBS for the past three seasons in addition to his Brewers duties, was moved up the depth chart to replace Ernie Johnson. TBS announced Johnson would step aside from postseason duties while his son is in intensive care.
Former Major League pitchers John Smoltz and Ron Darling will be in the booth with Anderson through the end of the NLCS. The crew has yet to get its assignment because postseason matchups remained up in the air as of Tuesday.
In a conference call Tuesday, Darling praised the Brewers' remade pitching staff.
"If you are assuming that Philadelphia is No. 1 as far as pitching staff is concerned, I think the Milwaukee Brewers are No. 2," Darling said. "They have something historically that gives them a strange advantage -- they had a starting pitcher for them that was undefeated at home in [Zack] Greinke.
"All the starting pitchers on both squads are tremendous athletes. They can field their position; they know how to get the bunt down, and some of [the Brewers' pitchers] are legitimate threats to Philadelphia to change the game by themselves. ... If anyone is going to match up with them game for game, I think it is the Milwaukee Brewers staff."
In the same conference call, another TBS analyst, Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., endorsed Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for NL MVP.
Anderson calls regular-season games for FS Wisconsin, which will air its final 2011 Brewers game on Wednesday.