One Night Only: Game Previews for September 14th

Peacocks actually can fly; they’re just really shy about it.

Washington (6) at New York NL (4) | 19:10 ET
What the Big Deal Is
The big deal in this game is how Bradley Peacock is making his first major-league start for the Nationals.

On Account of Why That’s a Deal, Big or Otherwise
Bradley Peacock’s first major-league start is a pretty big deal owing to his excellent minor-league numbers — or, at least his excellent Double-A numbers.

Regarding the Aforementioned Numbers
Here are Peacock’s minor-league numbers from 2011:

At Double-A: 98.2 IP, 11.77 K/9, 2.10 BB/9, 0.36 HR/9, 1.87 FIP

At Triple-A: 48.0 IP, 9.00 K/9, 4.50 BB/9, 0.94 HR/9, 4.18 FIP

On Account of Why Peacock’s Debut Is a Deal, Part II
Bradley Peacock’s first major-league start is also a pretty big deal because it allows one to ejaculate “Let the peacock fly!”

Regarding That Comment, What’s Funny About It
That comment is pretty funny, on account of peacocks can’t actually fly.

Regarding That Comment, What’s Funny About It, Part II
That comment is also pretty funny, on account of the word ejaculate is in it.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Nationals Television, maybe?

Two Other Games
Los Angeles AL (5) at Oakland (1) | 15:35 ET
Tonight in Oakland, the Angels persist in forcing us to imagine that there’s a playoff race in the AL West.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Angels Radio?

Arizona (9) at Los Angeles NL (4) | 20:10 ET
Observe as Arizona continues its attempt to “win all the games.” They face Clayton Kershaw.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Dodgers 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 5.5.

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
Ricky Nolasco FL 8 8 5 4 3 ATL Randall Delgado 12:05
Edwin Jackson STL 7 3 6 5 4 PIT Charlie Morton 12:35
Ricky Romero TOR 6 6 6 10 3 BOS John Lackey 13:35
Roy Halladay PHI 10 3 6 4 7 HOU Bud Norris 14:05
Brad Penny DET 1 2 3 2 9 CHA Dylan Axelrod* 14:10
Jered Weaver LAA 6 5 9 1 8 OAK Rich Harden 15:35
Mat Latos SD 8 6 6 3 8 SF Tim Lincecum 15:45
Liam Hendriks* MIN 9 0 6 10 5 KC Luke Hochevar 16:10
David Huff CLE 2 4 5 8 7 TEX Derek Holland 19:05
Wade Davis TB 2 7 5 2 3 BAL Jeremy Guthrie 19:05
Casey Coleman CHN 4 3 4 5 6 CIN Johnny Cueto 19:10
Bradley Peacock WAS 10 6 5 4 2 NYN Mike Pelfrey 19:10
Kevin Millwood COL 7 6 6 8 5 MIL Shaun Marcum 20:10
Daniel Hudson AZ 8 9 8 4 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10
Ivan Nova NYA 5 10 3 1 2 SEA Jason Vargas 22:10

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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