I wouldn't read too much hoopla into this; it's basically what they've been doing on and off for the last couple years anyway, similar to Wednesday night, and it's non-exclusive so the local teams will still have their broadcasts, unlike on Sundays when it's Disney-only.
The big news here is bad news: no more Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day telecasts. Phooey on them.
What's whip? It's a stat I have seen with increaing regularity in recent months but have been unable to figure out its meaning. EDIT: Just a guess that just came to mind...is it walks plus hits per inning pitched?