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One Night Only: Game Previews for September 24th


A Red Sox fan asks the big questions.

Boston (9) at New York AL (10) | 16:10 ET
Regarding Something Bill James Said
Bill James has said — somewhere, at some point in time — something to the effect of “We’re frequently interested in things that other people find interesting.”

An Example of What James Means by That
Murder cases — like how people like murder cases.

On the Relevance of That Statement to This Game
Despite the fact that, as of this morning, the Red Sox have something like a 95% chance of making the playoffs, a great portion of New Englanders are wringing their hands anxiously regarding the Sox and their fate.

An Example of Said Handwringing
A Boston Globe photo slideshow entitled “Who’s to Blame?”

Another Example of That Handwringing
This video debate over whether the Sox are dirty and doggy enough.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Red Sox Television.

Two Other Games
Kansas City (10) at Chicago AL (2) | 19:10 ET
Everett Teaford! Brent Morel! All the little Royals!

MLB.TV Audio Feed: White Sox Television.

Toronto (6) at Tampa Bay (7) | 19:10 ET
The Rays aren’t entirely eliminated.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Blue Jays Radio or Rays 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 MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 4.9.

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
Brandon Beachy ATL 10 5 7 5 2 WAS Chien-Ming Wang 13:05
Brian Duensing MIN 5 0 2 5 1 CLE David Huff 13:05
Rodrigo Lopez CHN 3 4 7 3 4 STL Kyle Lohse 13:10
Cole Hamels PHI 9 3 7 3 9 NYN R.A. Dickey 13:10
Jon Lester BOS 6 9 6 10 3 NYA Freddy Garcia 16:10
Felix Hernandez SEA 9 0 6 9 6 TEX Alexi Ogando 16:10
Jeremy Guthrie BAL 3 2 5 2 10 DET Justin Verlander 19:05
Travis Wood CIN 3 5 4 5 7 PIT Brad Lincoln 19:05
Jason Hammel COL 2 6 2 4 2 HOU J.A. Happ 19:05
Scott Diamond MIN 3 0 2 5 3 CLE Mitch Talbot 19:05
Alex Sanabia* FL 6 8 7 8 10 MIL Zack Greinke 19:10
Everett Teaford* KC 7 10 6 2 7 CHA John Danks 19:10
Joe Blanton PHI 8 3 4 3 3 NYN Dillon Gee 19:10
Ricky Romero TOR 6 6 8 7 6 TB Jeff Niemann 19:10
Eric Surkamp SF 0 3 3 9 7 AZ Ian Kennedy 20:10
Chad Billingsley LAN 4 5 4 6 4 SD Aaron Harang 20:35
Guillermo Moscoso OAK 1 1 3 5 6 LAA Jerome Williams 21:05

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.