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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 9th


Pavarotti doesn’t know what game to watch on Friday.

New York Americans (10) at Los Angeles Americans (5) | 22:05 ET
Mike Trout Watch (Full Season Edition)
97 PA, .230/.299/.448 (.224 BABIP), 106 wRC+

Mike Trout Watch (Should-Hit Edition)
If we assume a .300 BABIP for Mike Trout, he should be posting a 141 wRC+.

Playoff Watch
The Angels are 2.5 games behind Texas. Cool Standings gives them a 13.7% chance of making the playoffs.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Angels Radio?

Two Other Games
Houston (4) at Washington (6) | 19:05 ET
Don’t neglect this opportunity to watch left-hander Tom Milone, who posted a 155:16 in 141.1 minor-league innings this year, make his second career major-league start. Also, don’t neglect this opportunity to begin referring to the Nationals as the Team of the Future™.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Astros Television.

Los Angeles Nationals (4) at San Francisco (3) | 22:15 ET
This game will feature talented starters Clayton Kershaw (10) at Tim Lincecum (8). I’m hearing it will also feature All of the Sadness — in capital letters like that.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Dodgers Television or Giants Radio.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 8th


After a battery of tests, FanGraphs has verified that Chris Schwinden is not Miguel Batista.

Featured Game
Atlanta (4) at New York Nationals (4) | 16:10 ET
Julio Teheran, one of baseball’s top pitching prospects, makes his third start of the season for the Braves.
• You can see Teheran’s numbers at Triple-A Gwinnett to the right of this colon: 144.2 IP, 7.59 K/9, 2.99 BB/9, 0.31 HR/9, 3.06 FIP.
• For the Mets, right-hander Chris Schwinden, 24, makes his major-league debut.
• While not necessarily a top prospect, Schwinden has the distinction of being not Miguel Batista.
• Which must be nice for Mets fans, at least.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Mets Television.

San Diego (6) at Arizona (8) | 21:40 ET
• Is anyone curious about how Aaron Hill‘s performed since joining Arizona?
• If so, here’s that answer in number form: 56 PA, .392/.429/.627, .413 BABIP, 170 RC+.
• Replace the BABIP with Hill’s .284 career mark, and the result is a 110 wRC+
• Which, that’d still be his best performance since 2009 and second-best overall.
• Or, um, his best performance as a baseballer, that is.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Diamondbacks Television.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.1.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 7th

Featured Game
Boston (10) at Toronto (6) | 19:07 ET
• This game is mostly meaningless, on the one hand, in terms of playoff implications.
• On the other hand, so is every jerky game in the whole jerky league, basically.
• And this is the only one that’ll feature Torontonian Brett Lawrie.
• Which, you probably heard all the news yesterday about how he leads the league in Player NERD.
• That was pret-ty, pret-ty, pret-ty, pret-ty, pret-ty big news.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Boston Television.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.5.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 6th

Featured Games
Los Angeles Nationals (4) at Washington (6) | 19:05 ET
• The author has taken the liberty of assigning Stephen Strasburg a NERD score of 19 — i.e. the lowest number Strasburg could receive for the purposes of making the overall Game Score a 10.
• It’s for these sort of executive decisions that people often refer to me as “Carson Cistulli.”
• On other occasions, people call me other, horribler things.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Dodgers Television (or Nationals Television, for what might be a more Strasburg-centric broadcast).

Seattle (0) at Los Angeles Americans (5) | 22:05 ET
• There’s a thin red line separating the current baseball season from a baseball season without a playoff race.
• The Angels, if I may submit a submission, are that thin red line.
• And Mike Trout is the Great Artist drawing said line.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Mariners Television.

San Francisco (3) at San Diego (3) | 22:05 ET
• Let’s watch this game together at San Francisco’s Gordon Biersch Brewery, how about.
• Starting around 5pm PT, how about.
With some other baseball-y baseball nerds.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Giants Radio.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 5th


Quite to the contrary, reader: he barely even knew her.

Featured Game
Detroit (2) at Cleveland (5) | 13:05 ET
• I don’t know the precise word for what the Tigers did to the White Sox on Sunday, but you probably shouldn’t say it in front of your mother.
• Other people’s mothers — that’s no problem.
• The Indians, for their part, managed to beat the Royals while deploying an outfield of Jerad Head, Ezequiel Carrera, and Kosuke Fukudome.
• You probably shouldn’t say at least two of those names in front of your mother, either.
• And probably don’t say the names of either of today’s starters — Doug Fister and Ubaldo Jimenez — in front of your mother, thirdly.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Tigers Television, if you must.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.4.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 4th


This clip is either (a) five days old or (b) timeless. No one knows for sure.

Featured Game
Minnesota (6 0) at Los Angeles (5) | 15:35 ET
• On the one hand, there are definitely better pitching matchups tonight than Kevin Slowey at Joel Pineiro.
• Like Roy Halladay at Anibal Sanchez, for example.
• On the other, the Angels are the only team within five games of a prospective playoff spot.
• And on the other-other, no other game permits us to employ a Mike Trout Watch.
• Which, voila: 85 PA, .267/.341/.520, .259 BABIP, 138 wRC+, 1/1 SB, 0.7 WAR (including a line of .406/.500/.844, .360 BABIP, in 38 PA since his mid-August recall).

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Angels Radio (i.e. The Home of the Jimmy-Jack).

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.9.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 3rd


This presents almost no problem for Washington debutant Tim Milone.

Featured Games
New York Nationals (4) at Washington (5) | 19:05 ET
• Watch as left-hander Tom Milone, 24, makes his major-league debut for Washington.
• That is, the Tom Milone who did this at Triple-A Syracuse this year: 148.1 IP, 9.40 K/9, 0.97 BB/9, 0.55 HR/9, 2.24 FIP.
• And, coincidentally, the Tom Milone who throws in the high-80s.
• Miles per Hour, that is.
• Why, what were you thinking?

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Mets Television.

Arizona (9) at San Francisco (3) | 21:05 ET
• This mostly isn’t a playoff race anymore, what with the D-backs up by five games.
• On the other hand, Tim Lincecum will be pitching his changepiece a whole bunch of times.
• And they’re playing each other, too.
• Which is different than playing with each other, I’ll submit.
• Which is to say, prepositions are important.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Giants Radio.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 2nd


What’s the over/under on the chance that this statement’s accurate?

Featured Game
Chicago Americans (2) at Detroit (2) | 19:05 ET
• After the AL West, the AL Central is actually the closest real playoff race, with 5.5 games separating division-leading Detroit and Chicago.
• Here’s another thing that separates Detroit and Chicago: socioeconomic indicators.
• Which, that’s a joke.
• But also, it’s not a joke.
• Just like all jokes, really.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: White Sox Television, on the loudest possible volume.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.3.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 1st


Jokes.

Featured Game
St. Louis (3) at Milwaukee (7) | 16:10 ET
• Cardinal prospect Brandon Dickson makes his first major-league start tonight, is one reason to watch this game.
• Note, please, that the author made finger quotes while using the word prospect with regard to Dickson — on account of he’s 26, is why.
• His numbers at Triple-A Memphis this season: 157.1 IP, 7.09 K/9, 1.83 BB/9, 1.26 HR/9.
• Expect him to be a control-oriented pitcher with ground-ball rates in the high-40s.
• Also expect Bob Uecker to pleasure your ears and mind on the Brewers radio feed (a.k.a. the other reason to watch this game).

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Brewers Radio.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.4.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 31st


The most recent acquisition by the Getty Museum.

Featured Game
Los Angeles Americans (5) at Seattle (0) | 22:10 ET
• The Angels’ playoff run remains interesting enough to render the Mariners watchable.
• In case you missed it, Mike Trout did disgusting things to the baseball last night.
He also hit two home runs.
• (Wocka. Wocka.)
• Starters: Dan Haren (194.2 IP, 20.4% K, 3.5% BB, 43.1% GB, 81 xFIP-) at Felix Hernandez (200.1 IP, 23.7% K, 7.5% BB, 48.0% GB, 79 xFIP-).

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Mariners Radio, I guess. (Anyone have thoughts on Angels Radio? I’m not familiar with it.)

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.6.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 30th


This Angels fan is like, ¿Dónde está Mike Trout?

Featured Game
Los Angeles Americans (6) at Seattle (0) | 22:10 ET
• The attentive reader will note that, somehow, Jerome Williams is responsible for what is
• Williams, since his return to the majors: 9.1 IP, 20.0% K, 0.0% BB, 31.3% GB, 2.98 SIERA, 3.01 xFIP, 75 xFIP-.
• He also has, inexplicably, an 18.8% swinging-strike rate. (League-average is somewhere around 8-9%, depending on role.)
• In other news, Mike Trout hasn’t started either of the last two games, despite looking very good since his recall.
• Here’s the average Halos Heaven comment on the matter: “Argh.”

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Mariners Radio.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.1.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 29th


This is something Aaron Hill can still do, apparently.

Featured Game
Colorado (5) at Arizona (8) | 21:40 ET
• Despite their probably more compelling playoff implications, neither the Angels’ nor Giants’ games are particularly watchable tonight.
• On account of it would necessitate watching the Mariners and Cubs, is one reason.
• Another is how the author, personally, is Angels-ed and Giants-ed out at the moment.
• What’s that, my fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Terry? I can’t make a verb out of Angels and Giants?
• Sorry, lady. Appears as though I just did.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Diamondbacks Television?

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.5.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 28th


Like Paul Scheer on that one episode of Parks and Rec, the Angels KaBoom-ed It last night.

Featured Game
Los Angeles Americans (6) at Texas (7) | 20:09 ET
• After last night’s Angel victory — which included five Angel home runs — these two teams are separated by just two games in the AL West.
Per Cool Standings, the Angels’ and Rangers’ odds of making the postseason are 29.7% and 71.0%, respectively.
• Notable thing: of all the players from last night’s game, Ranger (and former Angel) Mike Napoli actually had the highest WPA, at .137.
• He did also have an error and passed ball, too.
• Finally, Mike Trout Watch. Last night: 5 PA, 0 K, 0 BB, 1 HR. Since re-recall: 20 PA, 2 K, 1 BB, 2 HR.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.4.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 27th


Photo courtesy author’s personal space camera.

Featured Game
Los Angeles Americans (5) at Texas (7) | 20:05 ET
• AL West Watch: after last night’s game between the two teams (an 11-7 Ranger win), the Angels are 3.0 games behind the Rangers in the AL West.
• Playoff Odds Watch: per Cool Standings, the Angels’ and Rangers’ postseason odds are at 79.6% and 21.2%, respectively.
Mike Trout Watch: (since his recent promotion) 16 PA, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 HR.
• Hurricane Watch: hurricane-y?
• Author Watch: generally vertical.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Rangers Radio.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.9.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 26th


“What is art?” no tolerable person ever asks.

Featured Game
Los Angeles Americans (5) at Texas (7) | 20:05 ET
• A lot of people don’t know that, when he wrote the first draft of his “Drugs sell themselves” joke, Chris Rock actually first used “Friday night’s Angels-Rangers game” instead.
• He was like, “Angels-Rangers sells itself.”
• “It’s not an encyclopedia. It’s not an effing vacuum cleaner.”
• “You don’t really gotta try to sell Angels-Rangers,” etc.
• I mean, why would I lie about this?

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Rangers Radio.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.1.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 25th


Neither the author, nor this doctor in post-apocalyptic London, know precisely what to tell you.

Featured Game
Red Sox (10) at Texas (8) | 20:05 ET
• Each of today’s three most highly rated games comes with a caveat.
• For example: if you watch Braves-Cubs, you have to watch the Cubs.
• And also: if you watch Diamondbacks-Nationals, you have to watch John Lannan pitch.
• Continuing on: if you watch Astros-Giants, you have to watch the Giant offense.
• Honestly, I’ll probably watch Red Sox-Rangers — on account of Ian Kinsler and Jacoby Ellsbury and and the AL West race and some other reasons.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Anything But Rangers Television.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.0.

The following Game Scores include the new and improved playoff-odds adjustment, which you can learn about in your brain by clicking here.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 24th


With its stunning views and trademark architecture, Santorini would really impress Alexei Ramirez.

Featured Games (With an Ess)
Chicago Americans (3) at Los Angeles Americans (5) | 22:05 ET
San Diego (6) at San Francisco (3) | 22:15 ET
• The West Coast appears to be the best coast in terms of watching baseball tonight.
• With a win last night — and a Ranger loss — the Angels are 3.5 back now in the AL West.
• With a loss last night — and a Diamondback win — the Giants are 2.0 games back in the NL West.
• The White Sox — eh, they have the advantage of being able to make October travel plans.
• Like to the beautiful Greek island of Santorini, for example.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: White Sox Television and Giants Radio.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.3.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 23rd


What Matt Cain would look like with just a single, metal leg. And no head. Or arms.

Featured Game
San Diego (6) at San Francisco (3) | 22:15 ET
Matt Cain has continued his trend this year of inducing lower-than-average BABIPs (.267) and HR/FBs (3.6%).
• He’s also, this season, posting what would be a career best strikeout differential (i.e. K%-BB%) of 13.8%.
• So, that’s in terms of Matt Cain.
• In terms of the Giants, who’re a game behind Arizona now, here’re their playoffs odds per Cool Standings and Our Mortal Enemy, respectively: 38.8% and 77.4%.
• And here are their odds per my wife, who’s watched precisely three innings of baseball this year: 47.0%.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Giants Radio.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.8.

The following Game Scores include the new and improved playoff-odds adjustment, which you can learn about in your brain by clicking here.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 22nd


Tampa Bay’s Desmond Jennings will use his sunbeam superpower to unsettle Justin Verlander.

Featured Game
Detroit (2) at Tampa Bay (7) | 19:10 ET
Justin Verlander, first among AL pitchers in SIERA (2.75) and WAR (6.2), pitches tonight for a Detroit team that improved its playoff odds either to 69.1% or 79.2% last night, depending on which methodology you prefer.
• Owing to how the center-field camera at Tropicana Field is one of the league’s better ones, tonight represents an opportunity to get all familiar-like with Verlander’s stuff.
• Apropos said stuff, here’s what Verlander throws according to Pitch F/x: fastball (45.6%), curveball (18.8%), changeup (18.2%), slider (8.6%), two-seamer (8.8%).
Per pitch-type runs (which buckets four- and two-seam fastballs together), literally all those pitches are worth more than a run per 100 thrown.
• Literally literally. Not fake literally.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Tampa Bay Television.

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.3.

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One Night Only: Game Previews for August 21st


Winston Churchill, were he alive, would be confounded by Luis Valbuena.

Featured Game
Cleveland (6) at Detroit (2) | 13:05 ET
• Rookie Jason Kipnis, in case you hadn’t heard, was placed on the 15-DL on Friday.
• With Orlando Cabrera gone, that leaves 25-year-old semi-enigma Luis Valbuena to pick up the majority of second-base starts.
Luis Valbuena, Triple-A: 883 PA, .302/.388/.470.
Luis Valbuena, Major Leagues: 791 PA, .223/.283/.340.
• Semi-enigma!

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Cleveland Radio?

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.6.

The following Game Scores include the new and improved playoff-odds adjustment, which you can learn about in your brain by clicking here.

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