NERD Game Scores for Sunday, September 27, 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.

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Most Highly Rated Game
Texas at Houston | 14:10 ET
Perez (65.2 IP, 104 xFIP-) vs. Keuchel (219.0 IP, 68 xFIP-)
Houston’s win Saturday (box) — on the strength largely of a combined four home runs from their middle infield alone — allowed the club to reclaim a game in the standings from Texas in the AL West and, more importantly, to retain a half-game lead over Los Angeles for the second wild-card spot. With seven dates left on their schedule, however, basically nothing has been resolved wherein the Astros’ postseason future is concerned. According to the methodology used at the site, they possess a 60% probability of qualifying for the playoffs in some form and 32% probability of advancing to the divisional series. The suspense, not unlike a cave-aged gruyère or cave-aged some other sort of comestible, is delicious.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Texas Radio.

Another Brief Note
Today’s Free Game
Today’s free game features Cleveland at Kansas City, starts at 14:10 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 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
Erik Johnson CHA 3 4 5 5 8 NYA Luis Severino 13:05
Matt Andriese TB 4 4 5 5 5 TOR Mark Buehrle 13:07
Ervin Santana MIN 5 5 4 4 2 DET Randy Wolf 13:08
Shelby Miller ATL 7 4 5 5 3 MIA Tom Koehler 13:10
Jacob deGrom NYN 10 5 5 4 2 CIN Keyvius Sampson 13:10
Ubaldo Jimenez BAL 5 5 4 4 3 BOS Henry Owens 13:35
Aaron Harang PHI 1 4 4 5 7 WAS Gio Gonzalez 13:35
Danny Salazar CLE 9 5 5 4 1 KC Chris Young 14:10
Martin Perez TEX 6 6 8 10 9 HOU Dallas Keuchel 14:10
Tyler Cravy MIL 2 4 5 6 6 STL John Lackey 14:15
His. Iwakuma SEA 8 4 6 8 2 LAA Jered Weaver 15:35
Chris Heston SF 4 5 4 4 0 OAK Sean Nolin 16:05
Zachary Godley AZ 3 5 4 4 5 SD James Shields 16:10
Alex Wood LAN 5 5 5 4 4 COL Chris Rusin 16:10
A.J. Burnett PIT 5 6 6 5 10 CHN Jake Arrieta 20:08

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

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