One Night Only: Game Previews for September 9th


Pavarotti doesn’t know what game to watch on Friday.

New York Americans (10) at Los Angeles Americans (5) | 22:05 ET
Mike Trout Watch (Full Season Edition)
97 PA, .230/.299/.448 (.224 BABIP), 106 wRC+

Mike Trout Watch (Should-Hit Edition)
If we assume a .300 BABIP for Mike Trout, he should be posting a 141 wRC+.

Playoff Watch
The Angels are 2.5 games behind Texas. Cool Standings gives them a 13.7% chance of making the playoffs.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Angels Radio?

Two Other Games
Houston (4) at Washington (6) | 19:05 ET
Don’t neglect this opportunity to watch left-hander Tom Milone, who posted a 155:16 in 141.1 minor-league innings this year, make his second career major-league start. Also, don’t neglect this opportunity to begin referring to the Nationals as the Team of the Future™.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Astros Television.

Los Angeles Nationals (4) at San Francisco (3) | 22:15 ET
This game will feature talented starters Clayton Kershaw (10) at Tim Lincecum (8). I’m hearing it will also feature All of the Sadness — in capital letters like that.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Dodgers Television or Giants Radio.

Full Schedule
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 5.1.

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 7 8 5 5 4 PIT Ross Ohlendorf 19:05
Bud Norris HOU 7 4 7 6 9 WAS Tom Milone* 19:05
Kevin Slowey MIN 4 0 2 2 2 DET Brad Penny 19:05
Jeremy Guthrie BAL 3 2 3 6 4 TOR Brett Cecil 19:07
John Lackey BOS 3 10 4 7 1 TB Wade Davis 19:10
Casey Coleman CHN 3 4 2 4 2 NYN Mike Pelfrey 19:10
Brandon McCarthy OAK 8 1 7 7 4 TEX Colby Lewis 20:05
Jeanmar Gomez CLE 3 5 3 2 3 CHA Mark Buehrle 20:10
Roy Halladay PHI 10 3 6 8 5 MIL Shaun Marcum 20:10
Randall Delgado* ATL 6 4 6 3 7 STL Edwin Jackson 20:15
Homer Bailey CIN 7 5 5 6 5 COL Jhoulys Chacin 20:40
Mat Latos SD 7 6 7 9 8 AZ Daniel Hudson 21:40
Bartolo Colon NYA 7 10 10 5 5 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Jeff Francis KC 4 10 3 0 3 SEA Blake Beavan 22:10
Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 4 7 3 8 SF Tim Lincecum 22:15

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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5 Responses to “One Night Only: Game Previews for September 9th”

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  1. big league chyut says:

    My first thought after reading the last words of the Dodgers-Giants writeup:

    http://memegenerator.net/instance/9870325

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  2. Yirmiyahu says:

    How good of a prospect is Tom Milone? He leads AAA in FIP, but I’ve never heard of the guy.

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    • Ben H says:

      Perhaps as interesting as the 2.24FIP is how he got there. A 9.4 K/9 vs 0.97 BB/9, even at AAA is outlandishly good. To wit: the 9.69 K/BB ratio far outpaces the top 3 in the majors – Halladay (7.5), Haren (6), Lee (5.1). Of his 24 AAA starts this year, 15 were quality starts with only one or no walks.

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  3. herve houchoua says:

    pNERD ( update)

    COLEMAN / CUBS

    0 @ 1 @ 2 @ today….3

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  4. Matty Brown says:

    what’s Trout’s xBABIP?

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