One Night Only: Game Previews for September 11th

Yeah, that’s Trout right there. I bench him just to eff with people.

New York Americans (10) at Los Angeles Americans (5) | 15:35 ET
A Thing
Provided I’m reading his BR game log correctly, it appears as though the Angels are 11-1 in games that Mike Trout has started since his (i.e. Trout’s) August 19th recall — over which time the team, as a whole, is 13-6 (making them 2-5 in games Trout has not started).

Obvious Question
Is that stat predictive in any way?

Rational Answer
No, obviously not.

Follow-Up Question
But do you, Carson Cistulli, still kinda feel like it’s a predictive stat?

Follow-Up Answer
Yes, of course I do.

Final, Important Note
With their win last night — and a Ranger loss — the Angels are only 1.5 games back in the AL West.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Angels Radio.

Two Other Games
Houston (4) at Washington (6) | 13:35 ET
Stephen Strasburg makes his second start of the season after doing this last Tuesday: 5.0 IP, 17 TBF, 4 K, 0 BB, 5 GB on 13 batted-balls (38.5% GB). That’s a single-game xFIP of 2.66 (or 69 xFIP-).

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Nationals Television (for the Stras-a-mania).

Cincinnati (5) at Colorado (6) | 15:10 ET
Drew Pomeranz, acquired in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, makes his major-league debut for the Rockies. His numbers this season between High- and Double-A: 101.0 IP, 10.6 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 0.3 HR/9. Per StatCorner, his ground-ball rates have been quite low in Double-A — like, in the high-20s.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Not Reds 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 and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 6.0.

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
Scott Diamond MIN 5 0 3 2 5 DET Doug Fister 13:05
Tommy Hunter BAL 5 2 4 6 6 TOR Dustin McGowan* 13:07
Javier Vazquez FL 5 8 4 5 4 PIT James McDonald 13:35
Henry Sosa HOU 6 4 10 6 18 WAS Stephen Strasburg* 13:35
Jon Lester BOS 7 10 9 7 8 TB James Shields 13:40
Ubaldo Jimenez CLE 7 5 5 2 7 CHA Zach Stewart 14:10
Vance Worley PHI 6 3 6 8 8 MIL Yovani Gallardo 14:10
Tim Hudson ATL 6 4 6 3 4 STL Jake Westbrook 14:15
Josh Outman OAK 3 1 5 8 6 TEX C.J. Wilson 15:05
Edinson Volquez CIN 7 5 7 6 10 COL Drew Pomeranz* 15:10
Freddy Garcia NYA 3 10 10 5 6 LAA Ervin Santana 15:35
Hiroki Kuroda LAN 7 4 7 3 10 SF Mad. Bum. 16:06
Everett Teaford* KC 5 10 4 0 4 SEA Anthony Vasquez* 16:10
Wade LeBlanc SD 3 6 4 9 5 AZ Josh Collmenter 16:10
Matt Garza CHN 10 4 6 4 4 NYN Miguel Batista* 20:05

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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12 Responses to “One Night Only: Game Previews for September 11th”

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  1. herve houchoua says:

    update pNERD


    6* @ 5 * @ today…. 4 *

    la lente descente……………

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  2. jesse says:

    Um Pomeranz’s GB rate is in the High 20′s?? and he’s pitching in Coors.. against the Reds?

    That had disaster written all over it, doesn’t it?

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  3. Robert says:

    Dustin McGowan makes his first start and second appearance since July 8, 2008. The former Jays first round pick has spent the last three years on the DL, with two shoulder surgeries and a knee surgery.

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    • Mookie Wilson says:

      Yeah… may be handsome, Carson, but I think Dustin deserves a little more than a 6, don’t you? Don’t punish the man for rocking the receding hairline mutton-chop combo.

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  4. Nick says:

    Is Everett Teaford plucked out of the dead ball era?

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  5. LTG says:

    Is the Giant’s pitcher today a polite British bacterial infection of the intestines?

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  6. Naveed says:

    How does Strasburg have a NERD of 18? NERD only goes up to 10! I am beginning to suspect that this endeavor may not be completely objective!

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    • jorgath says:

      Strasburg’s name has that lovely little asterisk by it:

      “* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.”

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  7. juewangas says:


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