This edition of One Night Only contains:
1. An expanded preview for the big, big Houston-Texas match-up.
2. Brief, but totally charming, previews for these games: Colorado at Cleveland, New York (AL) at Cincinnati, and Philadelphia at St. Louis.
Houston (5) at Texas (8) | 20:05 ET
Astros: Jordan Lyles (9)
23.0 IP, 7.83 K/9, 1.57 BB/9, 37.3% GB, 3.49 xFIP, 93 xFIP-
Rangers: C.J. Wilson (5)
104.0 IP, 8.05 K/9, 3.12 BB/9, 47.6% GGB, 3.43 xFIP, 86 xFIP-
Regarding Jordan Lyles, His High NERD Score
Jordan Lyles’ high score is due to two factors predominantly: his age and his strike-throwing thus far.
Regarding Jordan Lyles, His Age
At 20, Lyles is the youngest pitcher in the majors with 20-plus innings as a starter.
Regarding How Many 23-Year-Olds There Are
A Joke That’s Related, But Only Very Slightly, To This Discussion
At the 0:56 mark or so:
Regarding How Suitable That Video Is for Work
Mostly, if not entirely, suitable. (There’s an Eff Bomb at the 0:52 mark.)
Regarding Jordan Lyles, His Strike-Throwing
About 66% of Jordan Lyles’ pitches have been thrown for strikes — this, relative to the starters’ average of just under 63%.
What Constitutes “Good” in Terms of Strike-Throwing
Roy Halladay: 69.3%
What Constitutes “Not So Good” in Terms of Strike-Throwing
Kyle Drabek: 54.6%.
In Terms of the Astros, Player That Aren’t Depressing
Here are the players for the Astros that definitely aren’t depressing: more than you’re probably assuming.
Three Other Games
Colorado (7) at Cleveland (10) | 19:05 ET
Charlie Blackmon Watch: 50 PA, .354/.380/.375 (.378 BABIP), .365 wOBA, 122 wRC+, 4.0% BB, 6.3% K.
New York Americans (7) at Cincinnati (6) | 19:10 ET
Former outfielder Brian Gordon made his major-league pitching debut last week and acquitted himself decently: 5.1 IP, 26 TBF, 3 K, 3 BB, 5 GB on 18 batted-balls (27.8%).
Philadelphia (3) St. Louis (5) | 20:15 ET
Roy Halladay (10) is pitching to an Albert Pujols-less Cardinal team!
These games are very likely playing at some kind of sporty channel near you. (Pitching probables and game times from MLB.com.)
|Sc.||Away Pitcher||Sc.||Aw.||Hm.||Sc.||Home Pitcher||Sc.||Time||Gm.|
|5||Jeremy Guthrie||3||BAL||v.||PIT||3||Jam. McDonald||2||19:05||3|
|7||Jhoulys Chacin||7||COL||v.||CLE||10||Mitch Talbot||1||19:05||5|
|5||Doug Fister||3||SEA||v.||WAS||6||Livan Hernandez||2||19:05||4|
|6||Ervin Santana||5||LAA||v.||FL||4||Javier Vazquez||2||19:10||4|
|5||Brian Gordon*||7||NYA||v.||CIN||6||Johnny Cueto||6||19:10||6|
|1||Josh Outman||2||OAK||v.||NYN||5||Dillon Gee||6||19:10||4|
|7||Mat Latos||5||SD||v.||BOS||7||Alfredo Aceves*||5||19:10||6|
|5||Zach Stewart*||8||TOR||v.||ATL||7||Mike Minor||5||19:10||6|
|9||Jordan Lyles||5||HOU||v.||TEX||8||C.J. Wilson||5||20:05||7|
|2||Joe Saunders||10||AZ||v.||KC||10||Luke Hochevar||4||20:10||5|
|10||Matt Garza||0||CHN||v.||CHA||1||Mark Buehrle||2||20:10||5|
|3||Jer. Hellickson||6||TB||v.||MIL||8||Zack Greinke||5||20:10||5|
|10||Roy Halladay||3||PHI||v.||STL||5||Kyle McClellan||3||20:15||6|
|6||Max Scherzer||2||DET||v.||LAN||2||Chad Billingsley||7||22:10||5|
|3||Carl Pavano||0||MIN||v.||SF||4||Mad. Bumgarner||8||22:15||5|
pNERD = Pitcher NERD
tNERD = Team NERD
Game = Time and Average NERD for Game
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD of 5 (or 10 for debuts)
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