One Night Only: Game Previews, July 5th-7th


You’re gonna have a TV Party tonight.

This edition of One Night Only contains:

1. Expanded previews for seven or eleven games or something.

2. Pitcher and Team NERD scores for every one of this mid-week’s games.

3. An accidental half-essay on watching taped games.

Note: the Team NERD scores used in this edition of One Night Only are the playoff-adjusted variety introduced in this week’s Leaderboards of Pleasure.

Tuesday, July 5th
A Cavalcade of Excellent Games
Today features a strangely high number of excellent games. Where the average NERD Game Scores for Wednesday average out to 4.8 and the ones for Thursday average out to 5.2 — i.e. both roughly near the perpetual average of 5.0 — tonight’s games come to 6.1. For the aesthetically oriented baseballing fan, the ideal plan would be to — instead of watching a game or two today and then another one or two tomorrow — just to watch two tonight and then, tomorrow, utilize some kind of MLB.TV situation to watch two other games from tonight.

On the Problems with That Plan
Have you ever watched a game already knowing the result? I don’t know what percentage exactly, but I’d guess that the majority of readers — if they have done that — have found the experience less than satisfying. Obviously, certain moments are re-watchable — my guess is that most Red Sox fans could watch Games Four through Seven of the 2004 ALCS in toto on an annual basis — but one of the great appeals of sport is that no one knows the ending. Because the action is improvised and because the denoument is hidden from us, we’re drawn in.

Having been, at one point in my life, a rather devoted fan of European football (Droit Au But, anyone?) — where one must frequently watch games on tape delay — I found myself performing all manner of living-room gymnastics to avoid seeing scores of games I’d planned on watching. (In fact, at one point, ESPN was involved in the curious practice of publishing scores on their crawler for games they were broadcasting later on.) In those times, however, where I accidentally did see a score for a game I’d been planning to watch, the magic of that game would dissipate almost entirely.

On the Solution to That Problem
I think maybe there isn’t one.

Today’s Top Games
These are they:

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time
CC Sabathia NYA 8 6 8 10 7 CLE Carlos Carrasco 19:05
Edinson Volquez CIN 7 9 8 6 9 STL Jaime Garcia 19:09
Felipe Paulino KC 9 10 8 3 8 CHA Jake Peavy 20:10
Justin Verlander DET 10 4 8 6 7 LAA Dan Haren 22:05

Wednesday, July 6th
Arizona (10) at Milwaukee (10) | 14:10 ET
• Both the Brewers and Diamondbacks benefit from the playoff-race bonus pretty considerably.
Per Cool Standings, Milwaukee has a 28.7% chance of making the postseason; Arizona, 37.3%.
• And Josh Collmenter is pitching — which, NERD doesn’t really know about Josh Collmenter.

Thursday, July 7th
Colorado (8) at Atlanta (5) | 13:05 ET
Per MLB.com, guts and nerves of steel are Tim Hudson’s hallmarks.
• Also per MLB.com, Tim Hudson fell down while throwing a pitch in his last start (below).
• Note: we should all handle our most embarrassing moments as adeptly as Hudson did this one.

Cincinnati (9) at Milwaukee (10) | 20:10 ET
• Before 2011, Homer Bailey (8) had issued 4.1 BB/9 over 304.0 career innings.
• Through seven starts this season, Bailey has a 1.7 BB/9 in 42.0 IP.
• The plate discipline stats don’t reveal much — except for a higher swinging-strike rate (9.5%, relative to 8.1% for his career).

Also Playing
These games are very likely playing at some kind of sporty channel near you.

Tuesday:

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time
Ramon Ortiz CHN 5 0 4 4 5 WAS Ross Detwiler 19:05
Wandy Rodriguez HOU 5 6 5 5 5 PIT Jeff Karstens 19:05
CC Sabathia NYA 8 6 8 10 7 CLE Carlos Carrasco 19:05
Edinson Volquez CIN 7 9 8 6 9 STL Jaime Garcia 19:09
Jhoulys Chacin COL 7 8 7 5 6 ATL Derek Lowe 19:10
Cole Hamels PHI 10 1 6 1 6 FL Chris Volstad 19:10
Brett Cecil TOR 4 8 6 6 6 BOS Jon Lester 19:10
Undecided BAL 5 2 5 10 4 TEX Matt Harrison 20:05
Zach Duke AZ 6 10 6 10 3 MIL Randy Wolf 20:10
Felipe Paulino KC 9 10 8 3 8 CHA Jake Peavy 20:10
James Shields TB 9 6 7 0 7 MIN Scott Baker 20:10
Justin Verlander DET 10 4 8 6 7 LAA Dan Haren 22:05
Felix Hernandez SEA 9 3 6 1 5 OAK Trevor Cahill 22:05
Mike Pelfrey NYN 3 5 4 1 5 LAN Ted Lilly 22:10
Tim Stauffer SD 7 4 6 3 6 SF Matt Cain 22:15

Wednesday:

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time
Wade Davis TB 0 6 3 0 5 MIN Francisco Liriano 13:10
Jo. Collmenter AZ 5 10 7 10 7 MIL Yovani Gallardo 14:10
Bruce Chen KC 3 10 6 3 9 CHA Edwin Jackson 14:10
Brad Penny DET 1 4 2 6 2 LAA Tyler Chatwood 15:35
Jason Vargas SEA 4 3 2 1 0 OAK Guillermo Moscoso 15:35
Randy Wells CHN 4 0 4 4 4 WAS Tom Gorzelanny 19:05
Bud Norris HOU 8 6 6 5 4 PIT Charlie Morton 19:05
Phil Hughes NYA 5 6 6 10 6 CLE Justin Masterson 19:05
Aaron Cook COL 1 8 4 5 6 ATL Jair Jurrjens 19:10
Kyle Kendrick PHI 2 1 4 1 9 FL Anibal Sanchez 19:10
Ricky Romero TOR 6 8 6 6 6 BOS Tim Wakefield 19:10
Jeremy Guthrie BAL 4 2 6 10 7 TEX Alexi Ogando 20:05
Bronson Arroyo CIN 5 9 5 6 4 STL Jake Westbrook 20:15
Jonathon Niese NYN 7 5 6 1 6 LAN Hiroki Kuroda 22:10
Dustin Moseley SD 2 4 5 3 10 SF Mad. Bumgarner 22:15

Thursday:

Away SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP Home Time
Juan Nicasio COL 8 8 7 5 6 ATL Tim Hudson 13:05
Matt Garza CHN 10 0 5 4 3 WAS Livan Hernandez 19:05
Jeff Niemann TB 4 6 6 6 7 NYA Bartolo Colon 19:05
Carlos Villanueva TOR 3 8 6 10 6 CLE Fausto Carmona 19:05
Jake Arrieta BAL 4 2 4 6 5 BOS Andrew Miller 19:10
J.A. Happ HOU 2 6 4 1 5 FL Undecided 19:10
Rich Harden OAK 5 1 6 10 7 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Homer Bailey CIN 8 9 8 10 7 MIL Chris Narveson 20:10
Max Scherzer DET 7 4 7 10 6 KC Danny Duffy 20:10
Carl Pavano MIN 4 0 3 3 4 CHA Philip Humber 20:10
Joe Saunders AZ 2 10 4 6 3 STL Kyle McClellan 20:15
Doug Fister SEA 5 3 5 6 6 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Dillon Gee NYN 4 5 6 1 10 LAN Clayton Kershaw 22:10
Cory Luebke SD 5 4 3 3 0 SF Barry Zito 22:15

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 Team NERD, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD of 5 (or 10 for debuts)
Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire.

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

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charles
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charles

What’s Mick Jones doing on NYC Public Access?

joser
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joser

More to the point, what’s a Clash guitarist doing in a photo captioned with a reference to a Black Flag song?

Yirmiyahu
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Yirmiyahu

So, rather:

what’s a Black Flag song doing referencing a show with a Clash guitarist on it?