NERD Game Scores for Sunday, August 23, 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
Los Angeles NL at Houston | 14:10 ET
Kershaw (169.0 IP, 56 xFIP-) vs. McCullers (76.2 IP, 89 xFIP-)
As contributor Neil Weinberg noted on Friday in these pages, left-hander Clayton Kershaw has an opportunity to produce baseball’s lowest expected fielding-independent pitching (xFIP) mark this season since 2002 — which is to say, also the earliest year for which the necessary inputs for that metric are available. While immaterial in itself, to set such a record would signify something more material — namely that, with regard to those variables over which a pitcher exacts the most control (and which are easiest measure), Kershaw has exacted terrifying and exceptional control. He is, one might say, a sort of despot, exerting a cruel power not over a tired and oppressed people but rather just the baseball strike zone.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Houston Television.

Two Brief Notes
Matt Boyd to Start Today
A fixture atop the Fringe Five leaderboard this season, Detroit left-hander Matt Boyd is scheduled to record his sixth major-league start this afternoon.

Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Milwaukee at Washington, starts at 13:35 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
Trevor Bauer CLE 6 4 6 9 6 NYA CC Sabathia 13:05
Cole Hamels TEX 9 5 5 3 4 DET Matt Boyd 13:08
Chase Anderson AZ 4 5 5 3 7 CIN Raisel Iglesias 13:10
Aaron Nola PHI 6 2 4 4 7 MIA Adam Conley 13:10
Edinson Volquez KC 4 3 4 3 7 BOS Ed. Rodriguez 13:35
Matt Garza MIL 4 3 5 6 6 WAS Jo. Zimmermann 13:35
Mike Pelfrey MIN 2 3 5 6 8 BAL Kevin Gausman 13:35
Clayton Kershaw LAN 10 10 9 7 8 HOU Lance McCullers 14:10
Matthew Wisler ATL 4 2 6 10 7 CHN Jason Hammel 14:20
R.A. Dickey TOR 8 7 7 6 7 LAA Garrett Richards 15:35
Jake Odorizzi TB 6 4 4 3 5 OAK Kendall Graveman 16:05
John Danks CHA 3 3 4 3 10 SEA Taijuan Walker 16:10
Logan Verrett* NYN 6 5 5 3 5 COL David Hale 16:10
Michael Wacha STL 9 5 6 3 7 SD Colin Rea 16:10
Ryan Vogelsong SF 1 10 8 9 8 PIT Francisco Liriano 20:08

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

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