NERD Game Scores for Sunday, August 30, 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 | 13:35 ET
Eovaldi (144.0 IP, 97 xFIP-) vs. Teheran (157.1 IP, 105 xFIP-)
Last Monday, Eno Sarris examined in these pages the development of right-hander Nathan Eovaldi’s splitter, a pitch that — following a disaster start at Miami in June — Eovaldi began to throw roughly 4 mph harder than previously but also with the same amount of drop. That same evening as Sarris’s post, Eovaldi proceeded to record a higher usage rate with the splitter than with his fastball (while also throwing that same fastball at an average velocity of 98-99 mph). The results: the highest single-game whiff rate of Eovaldi’s season and also 8.0 shutout innings. This afternoon’s game against Atlanta — facilitated by Atlanta’s excellent center-field camera — represents an opportunity to observe Eovaldi’s transformation.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Atlanta Radio.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Detroit at Toronto, starts at 13:07 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
Alfredo Simon DET 2 4 6 10 5 TOR Mark Buehrle 13:07
Wade Miley BOS 5 4 6 5 10 NYN No. Syndergaard 13:10
Danny Duffy KC 2 4 4 4 5 TB Nate Karns 13:10
Jered Weaver LAA 3 5 5 5 8 CLE Josh Tomlin 13:10
Jorge de la Rosa COL 4 4 5 7 6 PIT Charlie Morton 13:35
Brad Hand MIA 3 4 5 5 10 WAS Stephen Strasburg 13:35
Nathan Eovaldi NYA 7 10 7 3 6 ATL Julio Teheran 13:35
James Shields SD 6 4 5 3 7 PHI Alec Asher* 13:35
John Lamb CIN 8 4 5 4 4 MIL Wily Peralta 14:10
Lance McCullers HOU 9 8 6 5 3 MIN Ervin Santana 14:10
Edgar Olmos* SEA 6 4 5 3 7 CHA Jose Quintana 14:10
Miguel Gonzalez BAL 3 4 5 7 6 TEX Derek Holland 15:05
Jaime Garcia STL 6 7 6 6 4 SF Chris Heston 16:05
Jesse Chavez OAK 5 4 3 4 0 AZ Allen Webster 16:10
Jake Arrieta CHN 9 5 6 6 5 LAN Alex Wood 20:08

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

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E. Olmos!?


Clearly the fact that E. James Olmos is pitching should result in a NERD score of infinity.