NERD Game Scores for September 25, 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 Chicago NL | 20:08 ET
Martinez (182.1 IP, 94 xFIP-) vs. Lester (191.0 IP, 84 xFIP-)
The point of this daily exercise is, pretty immediately, to identify that game or those games which are most likely to facilitate joy for the spectator. There are occasions, however, on which one is less inclined to seek out that sort of joy. The news of Jose Fernandez’s death early this morning would appear to represent one of those times. That said, it’s difficult to provide a full-throated endorsement of any game. For one so inclined to observe a contest of some consequence, however, this one is probably it. The Cardinals possess nearly even odds of qualifying for a wild-card berth. The pitching matchup is also quite strong.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Chicago NL Television.

One Other Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Philadelphia at New York NL, starts at 13:10 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 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 25, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Michael Pineda NYA 10 4 6 6 4 TOR Marco Estrada 13:07
Eduardo Rodriguez BOS 4 5 5 5 5 TB Jake Odorizzi 13:10
Carlos Rodon CHA 8 4 5 4 6 CLE Josh Tomlin 13:10
Edinson Volquez KC 5 4 6 8 5 DET Matt Boyd 13:10
Jake Thompson PHI 1 4 5 7 8 NYN Robert Gsellman 13:10
Braden Shipley AZ 1 4 5 8 7 BAL Dylan Bundy 13:35
A.J. Cole WAS 4 4 4 4 7 PIT Tyler Glasnow* 13:35
Brandon Finnegan CIN 3 4 4 4 6 MIL Wily Peralta 14:10
Daniel Wright LAA 1 4 5 5 8 HOU Joe Musgrove 14:10
Taijuan Walker SEA 8 5 5 4 2 MIN Hector Santiago 14:10
Colby Lewis TEX 3 4 4 4 5 OAK Jharel Cotton 16:05
Tyler Anderson COL 8 4 4 4 2 LAN Brandon McCarthy 16:10
Ty Blach* SF 6 7 6 4 6 SD Clayton Richard 16:40
Carlos Martinez STL 8 9 7 4 6 CHN Jon Lester 20:08
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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