NERD Game Scores for Friday, August 26, 2016

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here.


Most Highly Rated Game
Chicago NL at Los Angeles NL | 22:10 ET
Montgomery (74.2 IP, 83 xFIP-) vs. Norris (103.2 IP, 99 xFIP-)
Both Mike Montgomery and Bud Norris have pitched, for an extended period this season, in a relief role. Both have been traded to contenders, as well. Both have, — curiously, perhaps — been promptly inserted into the starting rotations of their new, theoretically better teams after arriving at those team. Both have, even more curiously, produced better strikeout- and walk-rate differentials — a metric which tends to be predictive of future success — in a starting and not relieving capacity. Why these similarities are important, the author can’t say. These human brains we all have gravitate to them, for some reasons. These feeble, human brains.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Los Angeles NL Television.

One Other Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Seattle at Chicago AL, starts at 20:10 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.

Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete and very sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from and also the rest of the internet. Note that calculations both for team and game NERD scores feature adjustment for postseason odds that increases as season progresses. Read more about those adjustments here and here.

NERD Scores for August 26, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Yovani Gallardo BAL 0 9 5 4 5 NYA Undecided* 19:05
Jeff Hoffman* COL 6 3 5 5 5 WAS Gio Gonzalez 19:05
Pat Dean MIN 3 4 6 9 5 TOR Francisco Liriano 19:07
Ian Kennedy KC 4 4 7 10 8 BOS Steven Wright 19:10
Ricky Nolasco LAA 5 3 5 6 6 DET Justin Verlander 19:10
Adam Morgan PHI 5 3 4 4 4 NYN Bartolo Colon 19:10
Jarred Cosart SD 2 3 5 6 8 MIA David Phelps 19:10
Corey Kluber CLE 8 6 5 4 4 TEX Martin Perez 20:05
Ryan Vogelsong PIT 3 5 3 3 1 MIL Matt Garza 20:10
Felix Hernandez SEA 4 5 5 3 8 CHA Chris Sale 20:10
Drew Smyly TB 6 4 5 5 4 HOU Mike Fiers 20:10
Ross Detwiler OAK 4 3 5 7 7 STL Luke Weaver* 20:15
Brandon Finnegan CIN 2 3 3 4 2 AZ Braden Shipley 21:40
Mike Montgomery CHN 9 4 7 8 7 LAN Bud Norris 22:10
Joel de la Cruz ATL 0 3 5 9 5 SF Jeff Samardzija 22:15
SP denotes pitcher NERD score.
TM denotes team score.
GM denotes overall game score.
Highlighted portion denotes game of the day.

* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of clueless author.

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“Why there similarities are important, the author can’t say. These human brains we all have gravitate to them, for some reasons. These feeble, human brains.”

their* 🙂


I’m guessing that was intended to be “these”, actually.