One Night Only: Game Previews for August 6th

Today’s edition of One Night Only is prepared to shock you in your mind.

Featured Game
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.

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 5.7.

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.

Note: Zach Stewart, and not Jake Peavy, will start for the White Sox.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time
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
Undecided* LAN 5 3 4 8 2 AZ Joe Saunders 20:10
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.
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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Who holds the record for the highest game NERD this season?