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.
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.
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 5.5.
The following Game Scores include the new and improved playoff-odds adjustment, which you can learn about in your brain by clicking here.
|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.
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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.