One Night Only: Game Previews for September 25th

The sort of scissors utilized by both starters in today’s featured game.

Los Angeles NL (5) at San Diego (6) | 16:05 ET
Playoffs Schmayoffs
There are a couple games today — the Boston-New York ones, the Cardinal one — that have playoff implications, but the present author is like, “Talk to the hand, you games.”

Why the Author Is Saying That
Because his knowledge of popular slang is current up to only about 15 years ago.

Why Else the Author Is Saying That
Because none of the underdogs at this point has better than a 16% chance of making the playoffs — and this game probably represents that last time we’ll see Clayton Kershaw this season.

Something You Probably Know About Clayton Kershaw
Here’s the season line for Clayton Kershaw, Cy Young Candidate: 226.0 IP, 27.3% K, 6.0% BB, 43.4% GB, 2.65 SIERA, 2.82 xFIP, 73 xFIP-.

Something You Mayn’t Know About Kershaw’s Opponent
Kershaw’s opponent, Cory Luebke, has been almost as brilliant as Kershaw on a per-batter basis: 133.2 IP, 28.1% K, 7.6% BB, 38.9% GB, 2.67 SIERA, 2.97 xFIP, 77 xFIP-.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Dodgers Television.

Two Other Games
Boston (9) at New York AL (10) | 13:05 ET
Red Sox fans aren’t crying. They’ve just been cutting onions.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Red Sox Radio or Television.

Chicago NL (4) at St. Louis (3) | 14:15 ET
Say bonjour to DJ LeMahieu.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Cubs 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
Brian Matusz BAL 2 2 1 2 1 DET Brad Penny 13:05
Tim Wakefield BOS 7 9 8 10 7 NYA A.J. Burnett 13:05
Liam Hendriks* MIN 7 0 4 5 5 CLE Fausto Carmona 13:05
Mike Minor ATL 8 5 7 5 5 WAS Ross Detwiler 13:35
Dontrelle Willis CIN 5 5 4 5 4 PIT James McDonald 13:35
Brett Cecil TOR 4 6 6 7 2 TB Wade Davis 13:40
Jhoulys Chacin COL 5 6 5 4 6 HOU Lucas Harrell* 14:05
Ricky Nolasco FL 7 8 6 8 5 MIL Chris Narveson 14:10
Luis Mendoza* KC 5 10 5 2 6 CHA Gavin Floyd 14:10
Roy Halladay PHI 10 3 5 3 2 NYN Mike Pelfrey 14:10
Randy Wells CHN 3 4 9 3 8 STL Edwin Jackson 14:15
Charlie Furbush SEA 5 0 5 9 7 TEX Derek Holland 15:05
Rich Harden OAK 8 1 5 5 3 LAA Joel Pineiro 15:35
Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 5 8 6 10 SD Cory Luebke 16:05
Tim Lincecum SF 8 3 6 9 5 AZ Josh Collmenter 16:10
John Lackey BOS 4 9 6 10 5 NYA Ivan Nova 18:30

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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Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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