One Night Only: Game Previews for September 22nd

Georg Cantor (a) discovered multiple infinities and (b) went insane.

Tampa Bay (7) at New York AL (10) | 19:05 ET
A Note Regarding Your Taste
If your taste, reader, is for the baseball game with the most immediate of playoff consequences, then tonight’s contest between New York NL and St. Louis (below) ought to be your preference.

Why That Is
Why that is, is because owing to yet another Cardinal victory and another Brave loss last night, the former sits only 1.5 games behind the latter for the NL Wild Card.

What That Means in Terms of Percentages
In terms of percentages — again, per Cool Standings — St. Louis now has just under a 35% chance of making the postseason; Atlanta, a 64% chance.

As for This Game
As for this game, it offers a team (i.e. the Rays) with less of a playoff chance (4.5%), but with the added draw of left-hander Matt Moore’s first major-league start.

Matt Moore’s Minor-League Line
Here’s Matt Moore’s line between Double- and Triple-A this season: 155.0 IP, ∞ K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 0.6 HR/9.

A Note a Matt Moore’s Line
Just looking at it now, it appears as though Matt Moore struck out infinity batters this season. Hadn’t realized that.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Rays Television.

Two Other Games
New York NL (4) at St. Louis (3) | 13:45 ET
In which the hopes and dreams of Cardinal fans lie in (on?) the right arm of… Jake Westbrook.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Mets Television.

Los Angeles AL (5) at Toronto (6) | 19:07 ET
In which the Angels actually have a better shot at the Wild Card than the Rays.

MLB.TV Audio Feed: Blue Jays Radio.

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 5.5.

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
Blake Beavan SEA 4 0 1 0 2 MIN Anthony Swarzak 13:10
Chris Capuano NYN 7 4 9 3 4 STL Jake Westbrook 13:45
Colby Lewis TEX 5 9 4 1 5 OAK Trevor Cahill 15:35
Zach Britton BAL 5 2 5 2 8 DET Jacob Turner* 19:05
Philip Humber CHA 5 2 3 4 4 CLE Jeanmar Gomez 19:05
Matt Moore* TB 10 7 10 10 7 NYA Bartolo Colon 19:05
Brad Peacock WAS 9 5 5 3 5 PHI Roy Oswalt 19:05
Ervin Santana LAA 6 5 7 6 8 TOR Henderson Alvarez 19:07
Alex White COL 4 6 4 4 5 HOU Henry Sosa 20:05
Madison Bumgarner SF 10 3 7 4 7 LAN Hiroki Kuroda 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.

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Matt Moore: 7 Ks in 3 innings. AGAINST THE YANKEES. This is phenomenal.

I’m a Tigers fan and I debated whether to watch Moore’s debut or Turner’s 3rd start. Looks like I made the right decision.