Boston (9) at Baltimore (2) | 19:05 ET
New York AL (10) at Tampa Bay (7) | 19:10 ET
Philadelphia (3) at Atlanta (5) | 19:10 ET
St. Louis (3) at Houston (4) | 20:05 ET
On Why There’re Four Games Here
Everyone, even tiny babies, knows why there are four games here: because each of these games includes a team tied, on the last day of the season, for the Wild Card in their respective league.
On How Such a Thing Happened
Everyone wrote to their senator and asked for it, probably.
On How Such a Thing Will End
Copious butt-slapping, win or lose.
On How All Those Tiny Babies Found Out
They probably have access to the internet or something, just like everybody else.
If I Had My Druthers
• Babies would stop having all this access to the internet.
• They (i.e. the babies) would go out and get a job like everybody else.
• You know, for the economy.
MLB.TV Audio Feed: All of the Channels, All of the Time.
Two Other Games
Colorado (6) at San Francisco (3) | 15:45 ET
Though his five-something ERA doesn’t show it, Drew Pomeranz (12.2 IP, 3.74 SIERA, 3.86 xFIP, 100 xFIP-), posting a 54.1% ground-ball rate so far.
MLB.TV Audio Feed: Giants Radio.
Washington (5) at Florida (8) | 16:10 ET
Stephen Strasburg (18.0 IP, 2.86 SIERA, 2.79 xFIP, 72 xFIP-) his fifth and final start of an abbreviated 2011 season.
MLB.TV Audio Feed: Nationals 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 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.
|Edinson Volquez||CIN||7||5||4||3||3||NYN||Miguel Batista*||13:10|
|Brandon Morrow||TOR||10||6||6||2||5||CHA||Philip Humber||14:10|
|Drew Pomeranz*||COL||8||6||3||3||0||SF||Eric Surkamp||15:45|
|Stephen Strasburg*||WAS||10||5||7||8||7||FL||Chris Volstad||16:10|
|Jon Lester||BOS||6||9||7||2||6||BAL||Alfredo Simon||19:05|
|Zach McAllister*||CLE||6||4||5||3||6||DET||Rick Porcello||19:05|
|Joe Blanton||PHI||9||3||9||5||6||ATL||Tim Hudson||19:10|
|Chris Carpenter||STL||8||3||8||4||6||HOU||Brett Myers||20:05|
|Matt Harrison||TEX||6||9||6||5||7||LAA||Garrett Richards*||20:05|
|Bruce Chen||KC||2||10||3||0||4||MIN||Carl Pavano||20:10|
|Jeff Locke*||PIT||5||5||6||8||10||MIL||Zack Greinke||20:10|
|Ryan Dempster||CHN||6||3||4||6||4||SD||Wade LeBlanc||20:35|
|Ted Lilly||LAN||5||4||3||8||2||AZ||Joe Saunders||21:40|
|Gio Gonzalez||OAK||6||1||2||0||1||SEA||Anthony Vasquez||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.