NERD Game Scores for Saturday, August 29, 2015

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
New York AL at Atlanta | 19:10 ET
Severino (23.0 IP, 90 xFIP-) vs. Wisler (64.2 IP, 127 xFIP-)
When observing the New York Yankees, one is observing a club afflicted by uncertainty. When observing Luis Severino, meanwhile, one is observing a pitcher engorged by talent. It’s a sort of litmus test — with which, of the two, one finds him- or herself identifying. Only one choice is sane, however.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Kansas City at Tampa Bay, starts at 18:10 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 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.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Buck Farmer DET 4 4 6 10 7 TOR Drew Hutchison 13:07
Joe Kelly BOS 6 4 5 4 10 NYN Jacob deGrom 16:05
Lance Lynn STL 5 7 5 7 0 SF Ryan Vogelsong 16:05
Kris Medlen* KC 9 4 5 4 6 TB Jake Odorizzi 18:10
Chris Rusin COL 6 4 6 7 5 PIT J.A. Happ 19:05
Tom Koehler MIA 3 4 5 5 7 WAS Jo. Zimmermann 19:05
Colin Rea SD 7 3 3 3 1 PHI Adam Morgan 19:05
Keyvius Sampson CIN 4 4 4 3 4 MIL Matt Garza 19:10
Mike Fiers HOU 4 8 6 6 2 MIN Mike Pelfrey 19:10
Garrett Richards LAA 7 6 6 4 10 CLE Corey Kluber 19:10
Luis Severino NYA 9 10 7 3 4 ATL Matthew Wisler 19:10
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8 4 5 3 7 CHA Jeff Samardzija 19:10
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 6 5 6 7 6 TEX Martin Perez 20:05
Aaron Brooks OAK 6 4 5 4 6 AZ Jhoulys Chacin* 20:10
Jon Lester CHN 7 5 6 7 6 LAN Mat Latos 21:10

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

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How did Houston lose a couple points on their team NERD score? They gained many good players and are at the head of a competitive AL west race.


The playoff picture for Houston get pretty certain (85% to win the division), especially with LAA losing 6 of their last 8 games. The team NERD might go back up if Texas or LAA close the gap, but the projections also don’t buy Texas as much of a threat (they are 4 GB in the division, but have a .490 rosW%).