Atlanta (6) at New York Nationals (5) | 19:10 ET
• Unless you’re a Met fan or own him in a fantasy league, there’s a strong chance you’re unaware of how well Jonathon Niese’s (9) 2011 is going.
• Which, I say that mostly because I, personally, was unaware of how well Niese’s 2011 was going.
• By way of illustration, here are fives names after Niese’s on the xFIP leaderboard: Justin Masterson, Jon Lester, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, Josh Beckett.
• Weird and great, right?
• Also weird and great: most every available photo of Klaus Kinski.
Watch: New York 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 5.7.
Note: Nate Eovaldi will be making his major-league debut for the Dodgers. Eovaldi at Double-A Chattanooga: 103.0 IP, 8.65 K/9, 4.02 BB/9, 0.26 HR/9, 3.05 FIP.
|Johnny Cueto||CIN||6||6||4||1||2||CHN||Carlos Zambrano||13:05|
|CC Sabathia||NYA||10||6||7||5||4||BOS||John Lackey||16:10|
|Cole Hamels||PHI||10||3||7||6||6||SF||Matt Cain||16:10|
|Chris Narveson||MIL||6||7||6||4||5||HOU||Brett Myers||19:05|
|Cory Luebke||SD||10||5||6||4||3||PIT||Paul Maholm||19:05|
|Brandon Morrow||TOR||10||6||6||4||2||BAL||Chris Tillman||19:05|
|Tommy Hanson||ATL||8||6||8||5||9||NYN||Jonathon Niese||19:10|
|Jake Peavy||CHA||8||3||5||2||4||MIN||Carl Pavano||19:10|
|Justin Verlander||DET||10||4||8||7||7||KC||Danny Duffy||19:10|
|Brandon McCarthy||OAK||7||2||6||5||6||TB||Alex Cobb||19:10|
|Chris Carpenter||STL||8||8||7||6||7||FL||Ricky Nolasco||19:10|
|Fausto Carmona||CLE||5||9||6||9||5||TEX||C.J. Wilson||20:05|
|Livan Hernandez||WAS||3||4||4||4||5||COL||Jhoulys Chacin||20:10|
|Blake Beavan||SEA||4||1||3||7||2||LAA||Tyler Chatwood||21:05|
NERD represents an attempt to anticipate the watchability of a game for the baseballing enthusiast.
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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.
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.