One Night Only: Game Previews for August 18th

Every player parking spot at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

Featured Game
San Francisco (4) at Atlanta (4) | 19:10 ET
Per their methodology, Cool Standings places the Giants’ postseason odds at 35.9%.
Per their methodology, Baseball Prospectus places the Giants’ postseason odds at 65.1% — actually better than Arizona’s, whom they trail by 2.5 games in the NL West.
• Of course, neither system probably knows how the Giants have a team’s worth of disabled/injured players.
• Voila: Buster Posey (C), Pat Burrell (1B), Freddy Sanchez (2B), Jeff Keppinger (3B), Aaron Rowand (LF), Andres Torres (CF), Carlos Beltran (RF), Jonathan Sanchez or Barry Zito (SP), Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson (RP).
• Your mom can play shortstop, I guess.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Giants Radio. (With the straight-on Atlanta camera — the best angle in baseball.)

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 and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 6.2.

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

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time
Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 4 7 8 6 MIL Marco Estrada 14:10
Ian Kennedy AZ 6 9 6 3 5 PHI Vance Worley 19:05
Bronson Arroyo CIN 4 5 5 4 8 WAS Jordan Zimmermann 19:05
Tim Lincecum SF 8 4 10 4 8 ATL Mike Minor 19:10
Josh Beckett BOS 7 10 6 10 5 KC Luke Hochevar 20:10
Justin Masterson CLE 7 6 9 3 4 CHA Philip Humber 20:10
CC Sabathia NYA 10 10 6 0 5 MIN Brian Duensing 20:10
Javier Vazquez FL 4 9 4 6 5 SD Tim Stauffer 22:05
Colby Lewis TEX 4 8 5 5 6 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Ricky Romero TOR 7 7 4 1 5 OAK Trevor Cahill 22:05

NERD represents an attempt to anticipate the watchability of a game for the baseballing enthusiast.
To learn more about Pitcher NERD, click here and scroll down a little.
To learn more about latest Team NERD, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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8 Responses to “One Night Only: Game Previews for August 18th”

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  1. Alexis says:

    Pat Burrell 1B? HAH!

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  2. dudley says:

    this is apropos of nothing, but i just noticed that Jason Giambi is having an amazing pinch-hitting season. he’s exceeded 1 WAR in just over 100 ABs. does that raise his NERD score somehow?

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    • James says:

      Actually, he is having a marginal/below average pinch hitting season. If you consult his splits, from what I can tell, most of the damage has been in a none-PH role.

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      • dudley says:

        interesting. okay–i guess he’s kicking ass in a part-time, limited usage role. long live the PH king Matt Stairs!

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  3. MikeS says:

    I thought we were gonna go for three in a row with Cleveland vs Chicago American.

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  4. Jerome S. says:

    He’s the most interesting man on the mound.
    New York Americans: I don’t always pitch well, but when I do, I throw sliders and changeups.

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