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  1. That Mets-Brave doubleheader is must-watch baseball. Unfortunately Paul Maholm brings it down a little bit, but the first game is also Harvey vs. the major league debut of Alex Wood!

    Comment by Steve — June 18, 2013 @ 10:07 am

  2. I’m sure you mean 1st MLB start for Wood, he has 6 bullpen appearances.

    Comment by Pirates Hurdles — June 18, 2013 @ 10:27 am

  3. more editing:
    “He’s posted more strikeouts (420) than innings (391.1) as a major leaguer.”

    pretty sure you mean minor leaguer…

    Comment by attgig — June 18, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  4. Just saw the starting lineups for the Harvey game. Looks like Fredi is using it as a spring training game. Wood is on an 80 pitch limit. Vegas has it a even money.

    Comment by D — June 18, 2013 @ 10:59 am

  5. I think there was an article on Hardball times where they analyzed if it made sense to match up your worst pitcher vs. the other team’s best pitcher, so you would have a bigger edge in the other games of the series.

    From memory, the answer was a resounding NO, it was a lemon strategy.

    Probably a coincidence, but it did cross my mind when seeing today’s Braves/Mets lineups as something Fredi would try to do…

    Comment by D — June 18, 2013 @ 11:03 am

  6. The Nets are playing baseball? And what’s more, they have two stud starters??? AM I TAKING CRAZY PILLS???????

    Comment by yaboynate — June 18, 2013 @ 11:05 am

  7. How does a team with Yasiel Puig only have a 2 NERD. He’s at least 5 NERD on his own.

    Comment by filihok — June 18, 2013 @ 11:12 am

  8. Indeed. Duly edited. Thanks.

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — June 18, 2013 @ 11:13 am

  9. Fredi the Tinkerer, at work again. Might as well feed the backups to Harvey rather than the new guy, right? I mean, it’s a double header and all so people are going to sit. But why sit 3 of your best 5 hitters in the same game? I’d AT LEAST like to see McCann replace Laird in the early lineup. Gattis caught last night and McCann is fresh. But Fredi would rather give away entire games than a few PA. But we should all know by now that Fredi gonna Fredi.

    Comment by Dan Ugglas Forearm — June 18, 2013 @ 11:21 am

  10. maths. that’s how.

    Comment by kdm628496 — June 18, 2013 @ 11:23 am

  11. It’s his debut as a starter, then.

    Comment by Bronnt — June 18, 2013 @ 11:54 am

  12. Yes but have you seen that infield?

    Comment by rusty — June 18, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

  13. Upvoted for spelling of “maths”

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — June 18, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

  14. If MLB was really smart, they would broadcast that Minnesota/Chicago game to you unless you pay them not to.

    Comment by MikeS — June 18, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

  15. On a day where every other game NERD is at least 5, the free game has a NERD of 1. Thanks alot MLB.

    Comment by MSpitz — June 18, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

  16. Wheeler has a NERD of 14? I thought the highest you could get was 10.

    Comment by Ben G — June 18, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

  17. Cistulli does that a lot with pitchers below the inning threshold. “Nerd at discretion of very handsome author.”

    Comment by Name — June 18, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

  18. The orange-clad woman in the front row has SCANT apparent interest in base-ball.

    Comment by Wikipiebenga — June 18, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

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