One Night Only: Game Previews for September 17th

Hey, Strasnuts, wouldn’t it be hilarious if you walked someone someday?

Florida (7) at Washington (5) | 19:05 ET
Regarding a Thing the Author Has Done
Once again, the author has seen fit to assign a NERD score of greater than 10 to Mr. Stephen Strasburg for the purposes of giving Strasburg’s game the evening’s highest overall game score.

On What Authority the Author Did That
This authority, mostly:

On What Other Authority He Did It
That, especially with the Red Sox’ victory over the Rays last night, Strasburg’s start probably really does represent the most interesting game this evening.

Strasburg’s Numbers So Far
Strasburg has done this through his first two starts: 8.0 IP, 27.6% K, 0.0% BB, 33.3% GB, 2.14 SIERA, 2.26 xFIP, 59 xFIP-.

A Brief Note on the Nationals Broadcast Team
From my brief experience of listening to him, I feel confident saying that colorman F.P. Santangelo is above average.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Nationals 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 5.6.

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
Henry Sosa HOU 5 4 3 3 3 CHN Rodrigo Lopez 13:05
Bartolo Colon NYA 7 10 7 6 9 TOR Henderson Alvarez 13:07
Jeanmar Gomez CLE 4 4 2 0 2 MIN Anthony Swarzak 13:10
Rick Porcello DET 6 2 4 1 6 OAK Gio Gonzalez 16:05
R.A. Dickey NYN 9 4 7 5 6 ATL Tim Hudson 16:10
Jeff Niemann TB 6 7 8 9 7 BOS Jon Lester 16:10
Ervin Santana LAA 6 5 8 2 5 BAL Zach Britton 19:05
Chris Volstad FL 7 7 7 5 10 WAS Stephen Strasburg* 19:05
Jake Westbrook STL 4 3 7 3 5 PHI Roy Oswalt 19:05
Zach Stewart CHA 7 2 6 10 7 KC Everett Teaford* 19:10
Yovani Gallardo MIL 8 8 6 5 6 CIN Edinson Volquez 19:10
Colby Lewis TEX 4 8 4 1 2 SEA Anthony Vasquez 19:10
Eric Surkamp* SF 6 3 7 6 8 COL Drew Pomeranz* 20:10
Josh Collmenter AZ 5 9 4 5 3 SD Wade LeBlanc 20:35
James McDonald PIT 4 5 4 4 5 LAN Ted Lilly 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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herve houchoua
4 years 8 months ago

update pNERD


7 / 6 …………today ……5


herve houchoua
4 years 8 months ago

Update pNERD


6* / 7* / 8… 9


4 years 8 months ago

Agreed that FP is an above average color guy. Does sometimes still buy into dubious concepts, though–for instance, he believes in the whole “pitch-to-contact” thing. He’s mostly cool, though, but some of my opinion on the matter may be colored (haha, get it?) by the performance of his predecessor, Rob D(r)ibble.

4 years 8 months ago

Notice how no one is mentioning that Strasburg’s fastball isn’t touching 100 mph anymore and that now it tends to sit at 92-95? He’s not even striking out a batter an inning in his 3 games back. He was told by his manager not to overthrow. This means Strasburg fans aren’t gonna see 97-100 much anymore. A 92-95 mph from a RHP isn’t much. So while he could end up with a solid ERA unless he starts overthrowing again you can pretty much say goodbye to the possibility of a strikeout an inning and settle more for 7 strikeouts per 9 innings instead. Still good but not what fans want.

4 years 8 months ago

Actually, no. Having been at that game and watching it closely, my eyeball is that without that one inning where he was sitting 92 (and face it, TJ can do that to you for a random inning), he’d be averaging 96.8 on the fastball. Right now he has a 97-99 mph 4-seamer and a 94-96 2-seamer. Oh, and now 3 starts back from TJ, he STILL hasn’t walked ANYONE.