NERD Game Scores for September 16, 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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
St. Louis at San Francisco | 22:15 ET
Weaver (31.0 IP, 67 xFIP-) vs. Moore (176.2 IP, 110 xFIP-)
While members of different divisions, the Cardinals and Giants are very much involved in a zero-sum game (or nearly zero-sum game) at the moment where the 2016 postseason is concerned. Owing to a Mets club that has insisted on winning more than its fair share of games, there’s a distinct probability that only one of St. Louis and San Francisco will qualify for a wild-card spot. The Giants are the more likely of those two at this point according to the numbers. But, as a member of your local zoo-crew radio team might say, “Numbers ain’t nothin’ but a… number, I guess. Uh. Here’s the latest traffic report.” Toilet-flush sound effect. “Kapowie!” sound effect. Local auto-body commercial.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.

One Other Brief Notes
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Los Angeles NL at Arizona, starts at 21:40 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 MLB.com 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 September 16, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Chase Anderson MIL 2 4 4 4 7 CHN John Lackey 14:20
Tom Koehler MIA 3 4 4 3 6 PHI Adam Morgan 19:05
Chris Archer TB 10 4 7 10 4 BAL Ubaldo Jimenez 19:05
Michael Fulmer DET 9 6 6 5 8 CLE Corey Kluber 19:10
Jose Berrios MIN 5 4 5 7 4 NYN Bartolo Colon 19:10
Luis Cessa NYA 8 5 7 10 2 BOS Clay Buchholz 19:10
Ryan Vogelsong PIT 1 4 3 3 3 CIN Robert Stephenson 19:10
Max Scherzer WAS 10 4 5 3 7 ATL John Gant 19:35
Kendall Graveman OAK 5 4 4 4 6 TEX Cole Hamels 20:05
Chris Sale CHA 9 3 4 3 4 KC Ian Kennedy 20:15
Christian Friedrich SD 2 4 4 4 4 COL Tyler Chatwood 20:40
Kenta Maeda LAN 6 6 5 4 6 AZ Zack Greinke 21:40
R.A. Dickey TOR 9 10 6 4 1 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
Collin McHugh HOU 7 4 5 6 4 SEA Felix Hernandez 22:10
Luke Weaver STL 10 8 7 7 4 SF Matt Moore 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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Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.

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