NERD Game Scores for September 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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
New York NL at Miami | 19:10 ET
Colon (184.1 IP, 101 xFIP-) vs. Undecided (N/A)
It’s generally regarded as unwise to alter the results of a statisical model due to the existence of additional, seemingly relevant information. “If there’s additional, seemingly relevant information,” goes the reasoning, “then merely incorporate it into the model itself.” Regardless of what the best practices are for such a thing, the author has altered the NERD game scores for today’s Mets-Marlins game because (a) these so-called “NERD game scores” are the product less of a statistical model and more just a distillation of the author’s own biases, anyway, and (b) there’s hardly any way to integrate “horrible death of a beloved young person” into a model reliably. If one is inclined to fill his or her role as spectator today, then this is likely the best means by which to fill that role.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Miami Radio.

One Other Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Tampa Bay 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 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 26, 2016
Away SP TM GM TM SP Home Time
Archie Bradley AZ 6 5 5 5 5 WAS Tanner Roark 19:05
Kyle Hendricks CHN 8 5 5 4 6 PIT Chad Kuhl 19:05
Luis Severino NYA 9 4 5 5 6 TOR J.A. Happ 19:07
Corey Kluber CLE 8 5 6 7 6 DET Buck Farmer* 19:10
Bartolo Colon NYN 4 6 8 10 10 MIA Undecided* 19:10
Matt Garza MIL 2 4 4 4 4 TEX Martin Perez 20:05
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 3 5 5 5 7 HOU Collin McHugh 20:10
Drew Smyly TB 5 5 4 4 1 CHA James Shields 20:10
Tim Adleman CIN 2 4 6 9 6 STL Jaime Garcia 20:15
Sean Manaea OAK 8 4 4 4 1 LAA Jered Weaver 22:05
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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