What’s on Tap: Previewing Thursday’s action

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There were two afternoon games today which I totally didn’t realize were happening or else I would’ve done this earlier. What am I, a baseball media professional or something? Oh well. As I write this the Mariners are about to beat the Orioles and the Brewers are holding a lead against the Cubs.

Most of the games go down tonight. Because I’m traveling tomorrow I gave Bill the night off and he’s going to cover the day tomorrow. If something newsy happens this evening I’ll pop in to write about it. I just hope it happens after, say, 9pm because I’m going out to dinner. I’ll do what I have to do, of course, because I am nothing if not a blogging professional, but I know from experience that women just LOVE It when you interrupt a date for a “blogging emergency.” In other news, I’m going to probably die alone, surrounded by cats.

Unless I get married, in which case it’ll be a lot like this. Gotta be yourself, you know. Hi, Kevin!

The matchups tonight include a nice Steven StrasburgMatt Harvey tilt, assuming Matt Harvey remembers that he’s Matt Harvey. Chris Sale goes for win number 9 against zero losses. I want him to win 30 this year. Not because I care about how he or the White Sox do but because I really want to spend all of August and September talking about what pitcher wins really mean. That’s always a fun discussion filled with nuance and insight. Both Jeff Samardzija and Jhoulys Chacin pitch tonight which is significant mostly because I hate spelling “Samardzija” and “Jhoulys.” If my recent run of cosmic luck holds, each will pitch a no-hitter tonight and my Ctrl, C, and V keys will break down from overuse. But like I said: I’m nothing if not a professional.

Atlanta Braves (Mike Foltynewicz) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Jeff Locke), 7:05 PM EDT, PNC Park

Cleveland Indians (Josh Tomlin) @ Cincinnati Reds (Tim Adleman), 7:10 PM EDT, Great American Ball Park

Washington Nationals (Steven Strasburg) @ New York Mets (Matt Harvey), 7:10 PM EDT, Citi Field

Colorado Rockies (Jon Gray) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Michael Wacha), 7:15 PM EDT, Busch Stadium

Houston Astros (Collin McHugh) @ Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale), 8:10 PM EDT, U.S. Cellular Field

Toronto Blue Jays (Marco Estrada) @ Minnesota Twins (Ervin Santana), 8:10 PM EDT, Target Field

San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija) @ San Diego Padres (James Shields), 9:10 PM EDT, Petco Park

Los Angeles Dodgers (Ross Stripling) @ Los Angeles Angels (Jhoulys Chacin), 10:05 PM EDT, Angel Stadium of Anaheim

New York Yankees (Ivan Nova) @ Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman), 10:05 PM EDT, Oakland Coliseum