NERD Game Scores for Sunday, August 31, 2014

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
Milwaukee at San Francisco | 16:05 ET
Kyle Lohse (165.2 IP, 109 xFIP-, 1.7 WAR) faces Madison Bumgarner (185.0 IP, 78 xFIP-, 3.5 WAR). While the Giants have won the first two games of their series against the Brewers, the Dodgers have lost their first two games in San Diego. The result: a net gain of over 10 percentage points for San Francisco to their chances of winning the division — a gain which is perhaps most effectively depicted by the GIF below featuring the standings and playoff odds for all NL West clubs both from two days ago and then also this morning. (Click to enlarge instantly.)

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Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: San Francisco Radio or Television.

Lone, Brief Note
Regarding Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features the same Milwaukee and San Francisco clubs discussed briefly above, 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 changes here, if you’re the sort of person accustomed to making poor life decisions.

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Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Bran’n McCarthy NYA 10 4 5 4 4 TOR J.A. Happ 13:07
A.J. Burnett PHI 3 2 2 2 3 NYN Dillon Gee 13:10
Johnny Cueto CIN 7 2 6 9 8 PIT Francisco Liriano 13:35
Ricky Nolasco MIN 4 3 4 4 5 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 13:35
Clay Buchholz BOS 3 3 4 4 7 TB Alex Cobb 13:40
Rick Porcello DET 6 8 5 2 6 CHA Jose Quintana 14:10
Nick Martinez TEX 0 3 4 4 7 HOU Dallas Keuchel 14:10
Travis Wood CHN 1 4 6 9 7 STL John Lackey 14:15
Scott Kazmir OAK 6 10 7 5 8 LAA Ma. Shoemaker 15:35
Kyle Lohse MIL 4 10 9 10 10 SF Ma’son Bum’r 16:05
Jorge de la Rosa COL 2 3 3 3 5 AZ Chase Anderson 16:10
Hyun-Jin Ryu LAN 7 5 5 3 4 SD Eric Stults 16:10
Tanner Roark WAS 5 4 6 6 8 SEA His. Iwakuma 16:10
Nathan Eovaldi MIA 8 4 6 6 7 ATL Alex Wood 17:10
T.J. House CLE 9 5 7 10 3 KC Danny Duffy 20:07

To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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Has there ever been a game with a straight 10 NERD ranking?