Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet 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
Houston at Seattle | 22:10 ET
McCullers (114.2 IP, 88 xFIP-) vs. Elias (107.1 IP, 106 xFIP-)
There are probably reasons to continue following the outcomes of National League games over this final week of the season, but nearly zero of them concern the influence of those same games on what might be called the “postseason landscape.” Indeed, so far as postseason landscapes are concerned, the American League has developed a monopoly on them. The Western division, in particular, is not unlike a mountain road populated almost exclusively by scenic vistas of postseason landscapes.
Regard, the current playoff odds of the three relevant clubs, rendered into a handsome table:
Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Television.
Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features St. Louis at Pittsburgh, starts at 19:05 ET, and can be accessed by means of this hyperlinked text.
Here’s the complete and very sortable table for all of today’s games. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and also the rest of the internet. Note that the calculations both for team and game NERD scores have changed recently to better integrate playoff odds into same. Read more about those adjustments here and here.
|Brand. Finnegan||CIN||10||4||6||5||10||WAS||Max Scherzer||15:05|
|Ed. Rodriguez||BOS||7||4||5||5||2||NYA||Ivan Nova||19:05|
|Lance Lynn||STL||4||6||6||6||6||PIT||J.A. Happ||19:05|
|Marco Estrada||TOR||2||5||4||4||3||BAL||Chris Tillman||19:05|
|Phil Hughes||MIN||4||5||6||5||10||CLE||Corey Kluber||19:10|
|Justin Verlander||DET||4||4||5||7||3||TEX||Colby Lewis||20:05|
|Yordano Ventura||KC||9||4||6||5||8||CHN||Kyle Hendricks||20:05|
|Felix Doubront||OAK||4||4||5||8||2||LAA||Hector Santiago||22:05|
|Lance McCullers||HOU||8||10||7||4||5||SEA||Roenis Elias||22:10|
|Zack Greinke||LAN||7||5||5||5||2||SF||Jake Peavy||22:15|
* = Fewer than 10 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.
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