One Night Only: Game Previews for July 30th

A recent photo of Cleveland manager Manny Acta.

Featured Game
Kansas City (7) at Cleveland (8) | 19:05 ET
This game has all the things to put a smile on your face — and also on other parts of your body, if that’s something you’re into.

To wit:
Felipe Paulino, pitching for the Royals, has been excellent since joining said team’s rotation at the beginning of June, producing this exact line: 60.2 IP, 8.75 K/9, 2.23 K/9, 48.8% GB, 2.99 SIERA, 3.23 xFIP, 82 xFIP-.
Justin Masterson, pitching for the Indians, can throw all fastballs if he wants — and he doesn’t care what you or anyone thinks.
• The Royals (average batter age of 26.5) and Indians (28.0) are the youngest and fifth-youngest teams, respectively, in the league.
• The Indians, despite their youth — and the fifth-lowest opening-day payroll, as well — are only 2.5 games out of first place.
• People will/have come! Average attendance at Cleveland’s Progressive Field this season (per Baseball Reference): 21,158. Attendance last night (per 35,390.

Watch: Fox Sports Kansas City. (I say this with little authority, however. I know I’ve watched before and haven’t been gravely offended. And, as an aside, Royal broadcaster Ryan Lefebvre cites both lectio divina and Thomas Merton in this article from the National Catholic Register — which, regardless of your thoughts on religion, organized or otherwise, this suggests Lefebvre is probably the thoughtful, curious sort.)

Also Playing
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.7.

A note regarding these scores: the author found an error in the way that the Age variable was being calculated for Team NERD. If there appear to be any strange changes, then, this fix is probably why.

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time
Chris Tillman BAL 1 3 4 5 7 NYA Bartolo Colon 13:05
Derek Holland TEX 7 8 8 6 10 TOR Brad Mills* 13:07
Dan Haren LAA 8 8 7 5 5 DET Duane Below* 16:10
Rodrigo Lopez CHN 3 1 4 7 4 STL Kyle Lohse 16:10
Alex Cobb TB 5 4 6 1 10 SEA Michael Pineda 16:10
Zach Britton BAL 5 3 4 5 3 NYA Ivan Nova 19:05
Felipe Paulino KC 10 7 8 8 7 CLE Justin Masterson 19:05
R.A. Dickey NYN 9 7 6 3 4 WAS Jason Marquis 19:05
James McDonald PIT 4 7 7 3 10 PHI Cliff Lee 19:05
Jon Lester BOS 7 5 6 6 4 CHA Philip Humber 19:10
Anibal Sanchez FL 9 5 7 5 6 ATL Tim Hudson 19:10
J.A. Happ HOU 2 4 5 9 7 MIL Yovani Gallardo 19:10
Mad. Bumgarner SF 10 4 7 6 6 CIN Mike Leake 19:10
Ubaldo Jimenez COL 7 4 5 4 4 SD Aaron Harang 20:35
Nick Blackburn MIN 4 2 2 1 0 OAK Gu. Moscoso 21:05
Micah Owings* AZ 5 9 6 3 6 LAN Chad Billingsley 22:10

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.
Pitching probables and game times aggregated from and RotoWire.

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

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11 years ago

Flip Below for Jacob Turner. Things just got interesting.

11 years ago

Well, I should say there’s an 85% chance he starts. He’s supposed to be in Detroit, but no one is quite sure what on Earth is going on.

11 years ago

I’d say it’s closer to 99%. The Tigers have said it’s a one-time thing but they’re not trading him. They just sent Furbush-Martinez-Wells for Fister and Pauley.