New York Americans (10) at Los Angeles Americans (5) | 15:35 ET
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).
Is that stat predictive in any way?
No, obviously not.
But do you, Carson Cistulli, still kinda feel like it’s a predictive stat?
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.
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 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.
|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.
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To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.